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Academy Award-winning film “Green Book”



I went to see the film "Green Book", which won the Oscar for best picture this year.


The film was set in 1962 in the United States. Tony was hired by an African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Tony's job is to keep the Doctor safe during his playing tour in the American South that racial segregation existed, and drive him home at Carnegie Hall in New York City safely.


In the film, the Doctor said, "You never win with violence." At the time, in the United States, there was discrimination against not only African-Americans, but also Italians and Chinese. Living in Japan, it is difficult to imagine, but I wonder how much people were required patience to live under such severe discrimination. Even so, the Doctor stated, "You never win with violence." If I replace the phrase with in today's Japan, perhaps it can be said, "You never win with bullying, domestic violence or power harassment."


Mahershala Ali, who plays the Doctor, is elegant and intellectual and I thought that was just wonderful. Viggo Mortensen also played very well Tony, who was rough but somehow lovable. It was a lovely film that filled me with warm feelings after I saw it.


One of my favorite scenes in the film. The Doctor touches up the letter that Tony writes to his wife.


Green Book: travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation had been published from 1936 to 1966 every year. The fact that this kind of book existed was itself shocking.


The film won the Oscar for best picture, best original screenplay and best supporting actor.