“A fabulous narrative that offers a satisfying exploration of the tragedy of phallic ambition and the destructive potential of desire.”
Short Movie Time: Yamome (2018)
A pleasant short film that highlights that deception in romance finds its ultimate support in the subject’s desire to be loved.
Black Rain (1989) review
Imamura’s ‘Black Rain’ is, without a doubt, one of the most important films about the atomic bomb ever made and should be mandatory viewing for anyone who holds the promise of world peace dear.
Ito (2021) review [OAFF 2021]
“A charming exploration about the way in which the other allows a drifting subject to moor his desire and find a direction for his subjectivity within the Other.”
Akitsu Springs (1962) review
With his artful composing hand, Yoshishige Yoshida paints how a romance unable to transform into an inter-subjective relation of love can impact the subjectivity and illustrate, in a subtle but sensible way, the Freudian truth that every Eros is, in the end, a death drive.
The Murders of Oiso (2019) review [OAFF 2020]
“Highly original and touching to boot. (…) highly recommended.”
Cry (2019) Review
“A strangely powerful narrative on life’s monotonous cyclicity.”
[Short Movie Time] A Japanese Boy Who Draws (2019) [Japannual 2019]
“A highly original narrative that communicates its powerful statement on art through its modulation of its eclectic art-style.”
Jesus (2019) review [Japan Camera Festival]
“A promising debut of Hiroshi Okuyama”.
short movie time: Breakers (2018)
“Minami Goto reveals her rich talent as writer and director, positioning herself in pole position to become a new strong voice in Japanese cinema.”
The Third Murder (2017) Review
An unsettling and powerful account of the problematic aspects marking Japan’s legal system – a system enabling the third murder.”
Destruction Babies (2016) review
“A wonderful but slightly disturbing confrontation with violent enjoyment.”
Noise (2017) [Final version] review
“This questioning, framed with thoughtful cinematography and brought to life by deeply nuanced performances, will long linger in the spectator’s mind.”