Podcast: ‘Chime’ Gets Uncertified

June 14th, 2024 | By Matthew Monagle

Chime Kiyoshi Kurosawa

What lengths would you go to watch the latest film of your favorite director? For fans of Japanese horror auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the answer might just be to the cutting edge of NFTs. Kurosawa’s latest film, Chime, recently premiered on DTV (digital video trading) website Roadstead, requiring fans to embrace digital tokens if they are to give Chime the viewing it very much deserves.

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Takuji Matsuoka is a respected culinary teacher, but he’d much rather be the head chef of the local French restaurant. Perhaps that professional dissatisfaction is what causes him to stand idly by when one student claims to hear an unearthly sound in his kitchen and threatens self-harm. Or perhaps there is a darkness underneath Matsuoka’s calm exterior that suggests his own violent nature. Either way, the teacher will do the best he can to maintain control as his family and career spin grotesquely out of control around him.

In this short excerpt from the episode, Matt Donato explains how the visual language of Chime reinforces the isolation of its main characters:

“It’s just two people on the murder scene, or it’s just one person as they’re running across that sky bridge. And as it pans out, you see how alone these people are and how alone we all are and feel in these moments. Because again, that is what we’ve bred. We’ve bred a society that is very to ourselves.”

The Chime mini-episode of the Certified Forgotten podcast is now available to stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or the podcast platform of your choice.

Matthew Monagle

Matthew is an Austin-based film critic. You can find his work as sites like Film School Rejects, The Playlist, SlashFilm, and the Austin Chronicle. He is also a member of the Austin Film Critics Association. Matt spends most of his free time doting on his dog and losing games of Slay the Spire.

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