Shugo Fujii proves that he is the master of indie-thrillers.
“Kusano succeeds in delivering a quite atypical romance narrative.”
Matsumoto delivers an amazing narrative that allows the spectator to realize that imaginary pleasure offers little protection against the oppressing demands of the society and imaginary injuries dealt by others.
A splendid experience whose themes of loss, failed encounters, and unresolved desires do not fail to touch the spectator deeply.
“A compelling exploration of how certain subjects, psychotically structured, attempt to mend the problematic nature of the symbolic and the imaginary.”
“A great narrative that questions in a light-hearted way the relation between the male subject and his member as well as the role the real member plays within the fantasmatic world of men.”
“A great drama that sketches out the destructive effect of the gap between one’s signifiers and one’s acts on others and shows the spectator that what the marital ‘motherly’ other truly demands is not simply obedience but love.”
Yoshida’s narrative hits all the right emotional notes for the audience and that its message will long linger in the spectator’s mind.
An experience that will stir the spectator’s unconscious and affect his heart.
An exquisitely shot meditation about the impact change has on society and subjectivity.
Machiko Ono and Yuki Katayama breathe extra-ordinary life and realism into the pain, the hopes, the white lies, the tears, the smiles, and the anger of contemporary female subjects subjected to a phallically-structured societal system. Highly recommended.
“A horror without well-developed horror and a romance story without satisfying romantic moments.”
“An elegant and touching exploration of arrested mourning, unresolved subjective regrets, and the impact of unfinished business on the deceived or the living subject.”
Matsunaga delivers a beautiful and highly emotional experience that will leave no one unaffected.
“Seta’s first narrative hits some false notes, but these cannot derail Seta’s first-feature film nor radically complicate the spectator’s pleasure.”