“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.”
“A rather ambitious project that succeeds in evoking the complexity of adolescence in a crude, unflattering and straightforward way.”
“It is bad to do things on impulse.”
Introduction Thursday, I had the honour to attend a screening of Modern Love (English review/Japanese review) in Shinjuku’s K’s Cinema in the presence of the director Takuya and some of the crew-members – a guy responsible for the production design and a female make-up artist.
“a stillness that evokes nothing other than the nature of Japanese traditional culture as such – and the lives it influences.”
“So while (the narrative) doesn’t reach the level of its predecessors, it is still a worthy conclusion of this trilogy full of pessimism and nihilism.”
“Even now, on the occasion of guiding the performances of actors, I occasionally show this movie as prime reference.”
It is his beautiful use of movement within shots and his exquisite use of interior geometry that underlines his compositional talent.
“A wonderful piece of melodrama and further prove that Kon Ichikawa deserves its place among the masters of Japanese cinema.”