Acclaimed director Ishii Katsuhito returns to the silver screen with his first film since the force of nature that was 2005's Nice no Mori - The First Contact. Known for oddball genius works like The Taste of Tea, Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, and his recent animation projects, Ishii throws something of a curveball by playing it straight with Yama no Anata - Tokuichi no Koi (a.k.a. My Darling of the Mountains - Tokuichi in Love), a remarkably faithful remake of Shimizu Hiroshi's 1938 black-and-white classic Anma to Onna. Playing for both laughs and pathos with its simple yet telling narrative, the film gently peeks in and out of the winsome life and burgeoning love of a blind masseur portrayed by Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (The Sinking of Japan) of SMAP. Maiko (In the Pool) plays the woman who brings love and trouble to Kusanagi, while Kase Ryo (I Just Didn't Do It) and Tsutsumi Shinichi (Always - Sunset on Third Street) co-star as a fellow traveling blind masseur and a troubled hotel guest, respectively. Taking a break from the frantic stories and offbeat pacing of Ishii's previous films, Yama no Anata is a pleasant, subtle, and handsomely shot film sprinkled with physical comedy and quiet sentiments, and beautifully backdropped by pastoral scenery and sets that epitomize the calm elegance and charm of the film. Traveling blind masseurs Tokuichi (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) and Fukuichi (Kase Ryo) are on the go from season to season, offering their services at hot spring mountain resorts and spas. Though unable to see, Tokuichi is extremely sensitive, able to deduce intimate details about people from sounds, scents, and touch. Arriving at his latest inn, Tokuichi takes an interest in two mysterious clients - Tokyo beauty Michiho (Maiko) who slowly steals his heart, and Omura (Tsutsumi Shinichi), also from Tokyo, who is accompanied by his bored, mischievous nephew Kenichi (Hirota Ryohei, A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies).