PERFECT DAYS (TIFF 2023) – Review by Liz Braun

In Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days, a middle-aged man whose life is all about routine, ritual and discipline lives happily in the environment he has created for himself. Hirayama (Koji Yakusho) lives alone and works cleaning toilets in Tokyo, a job he approaches with the same meticulous care and focused energy he devotes to everything else he does. He wakes up each work day to the sound of a local street sweeper, puts his bedding away, brushes his teeth and tends his table-top garden of saplings. Then he puts on a uniform and sets out for work.

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