“A visually pleasing narrative that underlines, in a charming and touching way, the importance for the subject to find the kind of signifiers that can unlock his/her deadlock.”
Ohkanda’s narrative proves that one does not need a big budget to deliver a narrative that touches the spectator.
“A very satisfying satirical short thta shows that, within the job-seeking process, only the image matters.”
“Kahori Higashi’s debut is impressive.”
Kawanobe delivers a very touching and emotional story about homosexuality in Japan.
“A visually enticing narrative that elegantly explores the unresolvable tension between the societal Other and the subject.”
“The effective interaction between his fluid composition, the great narrative structure, and the thematical exploration of trauma and perverse fantasies ensures that the film hits all the right notes and more.”
“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 pleasant experimental short.”
“A splendid debut by Shuna Iijima.”
“A beautiful poetic short that elegantly plays with the contrast between life and death.”
“An experimental ‘dramamentary’ that succeeds to charm and touch the spectator with its rich mundane and genuine interactions.”
“An incredibly rich and deep narrative that not only delivers a satisfying coming-of-age story but also an elegantly delivered social commentary on some of the frictions marking Japanese society.”
“An amazing exploration of the clash between a sweet youthful romantic desire and the bitter urge of a wounded subject to defend his subjective wounds.”
“Gokan expertly reveals the position of the freeter as an attempt to escape the capitalistic machinery but also as a position that most easily falls prey to the ugliest structures of exploitation to keep the profit-focused system going.”