By Chris Gore | December 10, 2001

This film has not yet been reviewed. Check back later for the complete review here on Synopsis: Director Junichi Mori displays a thoughtful hand in this beautifully poetic debut feature. Laundry is a story of scars and healing, of gentle ironies and quiet tragedies, of love and second chances. The film centers around Teru, a young man who runs a coin laundry, and Mizue, a lonely young woman who longs to be washed anew. Teru bears a scar from a childhood injury that has left him brain damaged; he is pure and innocent in his essence, filled with a simple joy. Mizue is a troubled woman who feels the world lying all too heavy on her shoulders; her scars are on the inside and have caused her to lose her way. Laundry is their love story.

Using quiet but bravura performances from the two leads and intriguing comedic secondary characters, director Mori fashions a world into which a little rain must fall, but, if it does fall, it will do so in a gentle and simple fashion, washing free the unnecessary exigencies of life and leaving behind a clean, well-lighted place.

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