Waves of guilt keep assaulting your conscience

After doing a terrible thing for his boss, Kyoji left Macau for a so-called vacation in Phuket, one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Thailand. During this whole period of time, many inexplicable incidents happened to him.

‘Invisible Waves’ takes you to the world of Kyoji, the disoriented world which he, himself, hardly comprehends; nor does the audience. For him, everything seems to go wrong from the day after doing an unforgivable, unpleasant thing to Seiko, a woman whom he had been having an affair with. Here, we see him locking himself in a room, being robbed or even being betrayed.

The film was not meant to be entertaining, but for some bizarre reason, I had no difficulty enjoying this film. I felt like I was swept away by the waves into Kyoji’s locale. While watching this film, I had an atmospheric feeling of uncertainty. I was not sure what was happening, nor did the lead character, I guess. Since the whole movie was a bit gloomy, I could not even tell the time of day when the action took place, early evening or at the beginning of the day. It occurred to me that the director might have intended to create this dismal ambience. The story, hence, did not need to add up. Everybody could still enjoy the atmosphere.

According to Asian belief, if you do a bad deed you will suffer for the rest of your life. In this case, we saw Kyoji being a victim of his action. He even decided to punish himself. He accomplished what Kenji, in “Last Life in the Universe” failed to achieve; that is perfect happiness. As a matter of fact, the protagonists in both movies were played by Tadanobu Asano and the movies were also both directed by the same Thai director, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.

As some viewers have mentioned, this movie appears to have no plot, and many places in the movie appear dull and awful. It also takes quite a long time to develop from one scene to another. Even so, this movie is about a guy who is being punished because of what he has wrongly done in the past. A lot of things in this movie, therefore, need to be black, like the old saying “do good deserve good, do bad deserve bad”. It is a wave of guilt that keeps attacking his conscience. No one ever sees it, even Kyoji himself, but everybody can feel its existence.


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