To celebrate the end of this year and to whatever 2019 might bring, we happily release our top ten Japanese movies of 2018.
“One of the best and most entertaining Yakuza/police thrillers in years.”
“A corroboration of the fact that Kore-eda is one of the best directors currently alive.”
“The visual as aesthetic is as important for Tezka’s subjectivity as it was for his father’s subjectivity.”
“And while these alarming narratives might not be able to agitate Japanese politicians, [these narratives] is still a moving warning that everyone should see.”
“So while Miyazaki’s talent is evident at various instances in the narrative, he is, due to the aforementioned constraints, not able to exploit his strengths in cinematography and narrative.”
“Nagisa Oshima created an extremely impressive and impactful associative narrative mix about that existence of the female subject and her mysterious enjoyment as such, a subjectivity and enjoyment that is, in light of a patriarchal societal system, highly problematic.”