Kobayashi shows that the narrative element of the super-power can be used to explore human subjectivity and to highlight the often antagonistic link between the subject and his Other.
Kingdom of The Apes (2022) review [JFFH 2022]
Shugo Fujii proves that he is the master of indie-thrillers.
Intolerance (2021) [22nd Nippon Connection]
Yoshida’s narrative hits all the right emotional notes for the audience and that its message will long linger in the spectator’s mind.
Terrifying Girls’ Highschool: Lynch Law Classroom (1973) review
“Suzuki’s narrative offers an excellent critique of the exploitative dimensions of the phallic patriarchal society.”
A Man In God’s Country (2020) review
“A visually pleasing narrative that explores, with a refined irony, the very problematic dimensions of nationalism.”
Kakegurui 2: Ultimate Russian Roulette (2021) review [Fantasia Festival 2021]
“Hanabusa’s second outing proves to be as enjoyable and thrilling as the first.”
A Beast In Love (2020) review [JFFH 2021]
“A divisive exploration of the various sides of the crazy little thing called love decorated with a demented finale, which is as disturbingly violent as it is shockingly romantic.”
The Promised Land (2019) review [Nippon Connection 2021]
A beautifully composed and highly relevant narrative about destructive kinds of social violence, a social violence against the Otherness present in the community and an ostracizing violence to turn the once-trusted other into an unwanted Otherness.
My Blood and Bones in a Flowing Galaxy (2021) review [Nippon Connection 2021]
“A great narrative, due to its emotionally gripping finale and the crystal-clear manner by which Sabu explores and uncovers the impact of a vicious environment on the way the subject inscribes itself into the social fabric.”
My identity (2019) review [Japan Cuts 2020]
“A tender and sweet appeal to Japanese society to give every subject the possibility to assume, with respect to others, a subjective place of speech.”
Forgiven Children (2020) review [Nippon Connection online]
“A splendid and sensible exploration of the interpersonal and social persecutory face of bullying.”