|Haru (Okada Masaki) came down from the second floor|
Nature versus nurture. That is the major theme for ‘Gravity’s Clown’ or Juryoku Pierrot. This movie opened with Haru (Okada Masaki) beckoning his older brother to come with him to rescue a girl from a rape attempt. The way Haru said ‘rape’ shivered me, for he was almost emotionless in saying so. But then, I was treated with a cool scene where Haru jumped down from the second floor and beaten up the to-be-rapists with his baseball bat. Then I was surprised again when the girl thanked Haru, for he basically pushed her tummy with the baseball bat and said that he didn’t save her because of her.
|Izumi's (Kase Ryo) MS Word screen cap|
|The Okuno brothers, screen cap|
Despite the common opinion that Izumi was jealous of Haru (what with the little brother being super cute and charming), Izumi rarely displayed such a feeling. Instead, it was plain obvious he loved his lil brother. Both brothers came down to the village where their father lived to commemorate the day their mother died years ago. Their father loved them too. It was the picture of a perfect family, sans the mother.
|The second last graffiti, screen cap|
|Izumi (Kase Ryo) and Haru (Okada Masaki) listening to their father's story|
|Haru being cute, screen cap|
Yes, it was Haru himself. Apparently, Mr Okuno’s disclosure of Haru’s true origin had marred the boy. He had always questioned his origin. His father’s story and the subsequent return of the serial rapist to Sendai ignited his passion for revenge. To cleanse the rape sites, he set fire at 30 cases where the rapes used to take place. Haru never had a paid work to clean the graffiti. He left graffiti with DNA clues as his way to tell his scientist brother that the graffiti was linked to a case of heredity origin. The day after Natsuko talked to Izumi, Haru called his brother. The younger boy stated that he ‘found’ another graffiti, which means another fire would start soon.
|Haru meant business|
At that time, the window broke. Haru turned around to see Izumi, not a slight of question or judgement in his brother’s eyes. Haru smiled, turned back towards his biological father, and started beating him up until the rapist couldn’t wake up anymore.
Mr Okuno sensed that something was amiss. Always the good father, he nicely but firmly asked what his boys had been doing, what kind of terrible thing they hid from him. Neither Izumi or Haru admitted anything. When Mr Okuno held Haru’s hand and asked the question again, with his puppy eyes, Haru said he did nothing wrong. Haru’s other hand was tugging his own lips as he said so. Seeing this, Mr Okuno smiled.
|The Okuno family watching a clown defying gravity|