My wife sent me a link to this film earlier today and it has really peaked my interest.
The film is set in modern day Tokyo and focusses on the life changing moment that occurs when three homeless people (an old drunk, a drag queen and a teenage runaway) discover a baby in a garbage dump on Christmas eve. As New Years Eve approaches, the three unlikley heroes set about solving the mystery of the abandoned child and on their journey are forced to confront their own haunted pasts.
And while this doesn’t seem the most groundbreaking plotline, haiku are used throughout the narrative to illuminate many of the film’s pivotal points and provide further insight into the compassionate, humanist and at times sorrowful hearts of the protagonists.
On discovering the baby, Hana (the old drunk) composes this haiku:
powdery snow on its cheek
this holy night
That’s hooked me into wanting to see more…