February 9, 2005

SF Movie Report 1: Hotel Rwanda

[Hotel Rwanda]

"When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms."

Director: Terry George

Casts: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

Release Date in Japan: not decided

Story: In 1994, when Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect his family and helped over 1200 people. Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda, he used his position secretly just to shelter over a thousand refugees during the genocide. While the rest of the world shut the door, Paul opened his heart to prove the human spirit to overcome all the reality.

Basically I don’t like to watch war or massacre movie just because after watching it, it usually doesn’t leave good feeling to me. However, this, Hotel Rwanda, is not just a movie about real documentary of the worst genocide in our history. It reminded me what a real guy has to be. Of course Don Cheadle’s efforts is worth to be a nominee for Academy because in this movie he turned himself into a hero with two different faces. Two scenes really struck me. First scene is about his love for his wife. Even he was suffered from the terrible disasters; he prepared beers and candles on the roof of hotel secretly to share a moment of happiness with his wife. Another scene is about his courage to help his folks. When the truck of United Nation came to the hotel to rescue some people away from there, he made a brave decision as a man. From my point of view, Paul showed two characters proudly, love as a husband and courage as a manager. What this movie realized to me is not just about the same history never repeated again but also some important human nature as a man.

ストーリー: ルワンダが血にまみれた1994年、ある男は家族と1200人以上の命を守ることを心に誓った。ルワンダのホテルのマネージャー、ポールは彼の地位を巧みに利用し、大量虐殺から千人以上もの難民をかくまった。世界が助けの扉を閉ざすなか、彼は人間として現実を乗り越えようとその心を開いた。


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