“A beautiful film that elegantly explores the role the imaginary plays in marital failure as well as in the beginning of a new romantic bond.”
“A splendid narrative that dares to explore how problematic mothers can be for their children.”
“Suzuki’s narrative offers an excellent critique of the exploitative dimensions of the phallic patriarchal society.”
“An extraordinary film that offers a painful investigation of the ungraspable female element that forms a riddle for both man and woman alike.”
“A meditative and intimate masterpiece with a rich but challenging intertextuality.”
“A highly enjoyable romance narrative that thrives on a rich current of heartfelt romantic and raw natural emotions. “
“While it does nothing to take the genre further, Ekimoto still delivers an enjoyable narrative.”
Teruo Ishii is unable to deliver what made the first film so enjoyable: the visual celebration of Ocho Inoshika’s phallic fury.
“An artfully composed erotic narrative that plays with the well-known psychoanalytic fact that the relational past of subjects impacts the possibility and appearance of sexual attraction between a man and a woman.”
“Not only a narrative about the destructiveness of male sexual opportunism, but also (a narrative) [that explores] the irreducible opaqueness of the female subject as such.”
An amazing and unconventional narrative that not only explores the eroticism of the oral drive in an enticing and visually pleasing way, but also succeeds to touch, in a lighthearted way, upon the complexity of sexual desire as such.
Kawashima stages this Freudian exploration of unconscious desires with an extraordinary compositional artistry.
A fabulous and unique romance horror narrative that uncovers the often-forgotten truth that all speaking beings are driven by a desire to be loved/desire to love.
“Not only does Adachi frame the societal Other as the cause of the lost state of youth and the youth’s suicidal response, but Adachi also formulates, in a truly confronting way, his hope for this lost youth to find desire in creating a different Other for tomorrow.”
Norifumi Suzuki’s narrative is not only a pleasing narrative full of betrayal, cat-fights between clans, rape, extortion, and acts of revenge, but also a powerful critique against the inherent perversity of hierarchical society.