What makes Tanada’s film enjoyable is not its overindulgence in drama, but its refusal to exploit the dramatic turns of the narrative for easy tears.
A visually impressive meditative exploration of the art and the philosophy of Bizen pottery that also gives a better insight in how lack and desire functions within human relationships.
While Yamasaki’s message is clear, the delivery of his positive message of empowerment would have more gripping and emotionally powerful for the spectator if the sound-design were on point.
Jo Masaya’s anti-romantic narrative does not only show the spectator the need for the subject to question their own subjective position, but also the importance to take the other serious at the level of his/her subjectivity.
Nishikawa shows, in a heartwarming way, that while there is a need to identify ourselves somewhat with the ideal image of our significant other, such identification should not be at the expense of our subjective position.
“A pleasant narrative – full of lighthearted, romantic, and familial moments – that could have been better.”
“A truly pleasing audiovisual experience but also a powerful poetic exploration of the ills of Japanese society and the need to change it for the better.”
“A promising debut of Hiroshi Okuyama”.
“Sabu’s splendidly structured genre-mix will surely please his fans as well as charm those who are new to his oeuvre.”
“While it is admirable that Daisuke Ono attempted to craft a narrative around an emotionally unstable subject – an emotionless subject that can turn hysterical in an instant, this project would have fared better if Daisuke Ono would have explored Rara’s subjectivity in a more structured and deeper way.”
“Tanaka has succeeded in crafting a truly entertaining statement against oppressive control and the importance of finding, on one’s own subjective account, moments of happiness.”
“Our recommendations for this year’s Camera Japan Festival.”
“Those (spectators) that give the narrative a chance will become captivated by its moving evocation of the tension between speech and truth.”