“And while a deeper exploration of Haruka and Shouta’s subjective perspective could have made Sawamura’s quest for redemption even more powerful, Museum does provide the tension, the thrills and the plot twists any great thriller narrative should have.”
“An expressive narrative about feelings of shame, sexuality, and fear of death. (..) Not (…) extremely polished, but Kobayashi has delivered an exercise in form to show that he is ready to tackle on bigger projects. “
“The narrative shows (…) that only women can go beyond (…) manly silliness and that, in a battle of eroticism, only women can be the victor.”
“[The] subtle blend of (…) emotional layers, (…) evoke[s] the difficulties a subject can have in finding a place to call home, implicitly implying that a sense of belonging is only to be found in a place conditioned by one or more meaningful human relations as such.”
“[An] endearing and heartwarming exploration of the complexity of family relations (…) that shows (…) that happiness is to be found in the very daily problems family life indisputably generates. We’re already hoping for another sequel.”
But even if the narrative is poetically inconsistent on a cinematographical level, there is still a lot to like about the lyricism of speech and the eloquence in which two lost souls are able to find each other as subject.
In this enlightening interview, Matsumura explains how he became a movie director, the joys and difficulties of independent movie making, the source of comedy, and of course about love and romance.
“The very tangible framing of (…) [the] disturbing irrationality [of abuse] and the denial of justice this irrationality introduces is Sakamaki’s greatest triumph.”
At the Terrace proves to be a light-hearted and engaging exploration on how women, with respect to their image of beauty, are drawn to male desire to be able to experience themselves as lovable.
前置き (英語) Our second guest for Talks with movie directors is Matsumura Shingo, the director of Striking Out in Love (2013) and Love and Goodbye And Hawaii (2016) – our review of this narrative can be found here. We sincerely want to express our thanks to him for answering our questions and to provide an insight in…
“As the various secrets are slowly revealed, Harmonium vividly reveals how the inability of giving narrative to the trauma keeps a trauma alive and lingering. (…) [A Narrative] that (…) will long linger in the spectators mind”.
“Empowered by the mesmerizing performance of Meiko Kaji, Fujita artfully translated Koike’s true purpose to the screen: the creation of a strong, beautiful demonic woman which turns cutting down people, with her beautiful sword, into an art.”