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When is a “multitalented” person too “multi”? Where is the line between extending your creative energies in new directions and spreading yourself thin?

That question occurred to me after seeing the quirky comedy “Jinu yo Saraba: Kamuroba Mura E” (“A Farewell to Jinu”), Suzuki Matsuo’s first feature film as a director since “Quiet Room ni Yokoso” (“Welcome to the Quiet Room”), his 2007 comedy set in a mental hospital. During this eight-year gap, Matsuo was busy working as a scriptwriter, actor, novelist and manager of a theater troupe.

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