Wednesday, July 30, 2008

砂之器



前幾期在一週刋專欄中,有人問蔡瀾一生中看過最好的日本電影是那一套? 他的答案是「砂之器」。

這真是一條很好的問題。蔡先生年少時在日本讀書和工作,熟悉日本的文化,後來他更成為電影監制,又四處遊歷,見識高人一等,在他眼中的好電影,應該是殿堂級的影片吧。當時把影片名字記下,後來又到一些影音店找尋,卻是徒勞無功。

前兩天在逛中建大厦的HMV,無意中看到這齣電影"砂之器",正所謂踏破鐵鞋無覓處,當時便第一時間把它買下來。再次翻看蔡san的專欄,其實劈頭第一句他已說在中建大廈(冇講系hmv)可買到這套電影,只是當時大意沒有留意。

「砂之器」是一齣七十年代,由松本清張的推理小說改篇,導演是野村芳太郞,演員有丹波哲郞等等。松本清張的小說,聽過很多但從來未看過,野村芳太郞的電影,亦未看過。丹波哲郞在兩年前過世,應該之前看過他好幾部的電影。故事以兩位警員調查東京的一宗謀殺案開始,在他們鍥而不捨的調查之下,終於水落石出。

電影好不好看? 我只能說,在今時今日應該找不到這樣的電影了,說故事的手法可以說是"painstaking"。在講求效率的今天,沒有人會這樣去說一個故事,這齣戲可以說是classic。

片長共兩個多小時,由一開始觀眾跟隨著兩位警員到日本大小的城市及村落調查,包括坐車、吃飯、訪問、又再坐車,再訪問等等。電影過了一個多小時後,兩位探員仍然是在調查,吃飯,搭車,因為案程仍是亳無進展...。

於是在這時候,我下了一個決定,要分開兩天來看這齣戲...因為,我也要吃飯、睡覺、搭車、上班...

我相信原著不單是一個推理故事,也有反影當時社會的問題,及對人性的探討。不過在今時今日可能觀眾會比較注重電影的藝術性。電影的下半段是在兩位警員搜集足夠証據之後,將案情作出分析及推理,最後以一個長達40分鐘的音樂會來襯托出整個兇案的背景和來龍去脈。

以我認為,蔡san所說的好看,應該是電影的仔細、慢、拍攝電影的手法,和導演處理這故事的誠意,和今時今日我們認為好看的電影,是截然不同兩種口味。

分開兩天的時間,(其實再加上小許的fast forward),終於看完這齣電影,似乎是一項成就,即使放棄了頭兩集花好月完慶中秋,和李司棋的金句,也是值得。

9 comments:

數奇門 said...

哈哈哈哈...你講到好似睇得好辛苦..

btw, 原來你係central 返工 ?

zz said...

喂,下星期拎dvd俾我睇呀.

Xavier said...

>>btw, 原來你係central 返工 ?

搬左都大半了啦,而家系太古... :)

梁巔巔 said...

曲中魂斷, 小時看過兩次. 而家一直想買影碟嚟睇.

個男主角幾靚仔~

Xavier said...

梁兄,系呀套戲都幾難搵架,估唔到hmv都會有.男主角淨系識丹波折郞:)

聶秀康 said...

這是遲來的...希望別介意.我愛所有松本先生的作品,他是本格派的鼻祖,砂之器看過原著是寸來厚的一本書,我想內容與電影一樣階平面得很,到底是上個世紀的作品了,但小說對父子情的描述很細緻亦是他的賣點,你說要分開兩天觀看,應是有點緩慢又不甘心中途放棄吧!我也花了點心力耐性去完成小說呢!後來發現有劇集版是中居正廣當主角,氣氛很沉重加上配樂,我可以告訴你是一邊看一邊掉眼淚!ps還推介另一套當年話題之作'高校教師'都是極沉重的作品!

d said...

松本清張是日本推理小說殿堂級大師, 後來者很多都受到他的影響.
我看過砂之器的原著, 但沒有看過電影版, 應該很有一種庶民的況味吧?
松本的小說, 我只看過幾本, 另一本是"點與線", 第三本我忘記了書名.
如對推理小說有興趣, 怎樣也要看三兩本松本!

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