Kawashima stages this Freudian exploration of unconscious desires with an extraordinary compositional artistry.
“A true classic of political driven cinema that has, maybe contrary to one’s expectations, remained as relevant as it was in the past.”
“A mesmerizing and touching approach to the radical difficulty to integrate the death of a loved-one in one’s subjectivity.”
“This more cerebral comedy should, in fact, be on every Japanese cinema lover’s to-see list.”
“One of the most poetic narratives ever created about the ravage of enjoyment and the impossibility of society to deal with it.”
The time for this narrative to become a cult-classic has finally arrived.
“A forgotten masterpiece by Tomu Uchida.”
“A wonderful piece of melodrama and further prove that Kon Ichikawa deserves its place among the masters of Japanese cinema.”
“Just like Kaguya-Hime is a gift from heaven, this movie is a gift from Takahata and Studio Ghibli. All what is left for us to do, is to accept and take this gift, cradled in own palms, to our friends and family and share this phenomenal masterpiece.”
“One of the most creative and figurative ghost narratives ever made, that also turns out to be one of the most pure and disturbing confrontations with the uncanny (…). A classic that will long linger in one’s mind.”
“Pleasure (…) is to be extracted from the visuals (…) so beautifully framed by the cinematography, and from the way Meiko Kaji with her mesmerizing performance synthesizes the narrative’s mix of genres.”
“A fabulous confrontation with the inherent dimension of the self-destructive pleasure, evoking the effects capitalism have on society as a whole along the way.”
“By exploring the problematic field conditioned by sexuality and money, the narrative earned its place as a true classic of the Roman Porno genre.”