“This narrative proves that creativity still has a place within the art of cinema.”
“An evocative expression of subjectivity (…) that successfully reveals how beyond non-understanding subjects do define each other through the signifier/word.”
“Kensuke Sonomura’s entertaining action-noir narrative does convince us of the fact that he, if given a bigger budget and better technical equipment, could make cinematographical products far more entertaining and far more gripping.”
“Not only the most important movie made by Obayashi but also the most important Japanese movie of the last decade.”
“Full of visually enticing imagery and strong scenes, Hirabayashi offers a truly compelling exploration of what human existence and non-existence is.”
“Hatayama succeeded in crafting a creative and moving exploration of the inability of a subject to escape his unresolved trauma as well as his guilt.”
“While it does not offer anything new to the jidai-geki genre, it still is a pleasing narrative that touches upon less well-known aspects of Edo-society.”
“With her impressive and touching debut, Yuko Hakota reveals herself as one very promising director. “
‘Katagiri’s perfectly executed tonal shift turns Saki’s subjective journey into a truly touching experience.’
“A peaceful and serene exploration of female subjectivity.”
“A truly pleasant cinematographical narrative that succeeds, notwithstanding its lightheartedness, in formulating a truly relevant message.”
“While Oda show promise as a director, his debut-narrative reveals that he has yet to find his own distinctive voice.”
“A highly original narrative that communicates its powerful statement on art through its modulation of its eclectic art-style.”
“A promising debut of Hiroshi Okuyama”.
As Japannual is just around the corner, we want to introduce our recommendations for Vienna’s most amazing film-festival.