While the narrative has subtle comical flair, “Be My Baby” does not fail to confront the spectator with the two most important obstacles to romantic happiness: the refusal to take one’s own and the other’s subjective position into account and the unquenchable power of sexual desire.
“With his low-key dramedy, one will laugh, one will tear up, but above all, one will come to understand that matters of romance always require a leap of faith.”
Fukada offers plenty of comical moments, a myriad of pleasing musical sequences, and endearing romantic segments but fails to deliver the emotional powerful moment the narrative needed.
“Despite offering plenty of fun moments and tons of silliness, the sequel fails to truly surprise and explore the thematic riddle of the structural role perversion plays in human subjectivity in a truly meaningful way.”
“What makes Milocrorze: A Love Story truly wonderful is that Ishibashi, beyond offering a highly absurd narrative and rich visual ride, also delivers an exquisite commentary on the imaginary dimension in subjective functioning.”
“A more daring approach could have made ‘Project Dreams’ into an even more powerful celebration of technology and the inspiring power of anime.”
“A loving ode to filmmaking that underscores that without extras, there would be no stars to shine.”
“A fun, uplifting, and heartwarming narrative that successfully plays with the limitation of social distancing.”
“With her narrative, Amano successfully urges the spectator to be more considerate of someone else’s subjective position.”
“Takashi Miike’s latest beautifully underlines that the only kind of violence worthy of humanity is a violence born out of love.”
“An emotionally rich experience of what it means to experience the period or a flaring sexual drive.”
“We duly recommend this high-school boys-love romance adventure to any Japanese cinema lover.”
“While it does not offer anything new to the jidai-geki genre, it still is a pleasing narrative that touches upon less well-known aspects of Edo-society.”
“A pure unadulterated mix of quirky comedy and crazy swashbuckling action”.
“A peaceful and serene exploration of female subjectivity.”