“A highly entertaining film that offers a nostalgic and touching dive into youthful passion and romantic feelings and lighthearted celebration of indie-filmmaking and often-forgotten beauty of post-war period films.”
“Masayuki’s celebration of cinematic history deeply satisfies the spectator’s desire to see cinema as an experience that can touch our being and the art of the benshi triumph.”
Sion Sono does not only offer an eloquent celebration of the beauty of the crazy little thing called desire, but also delivers a truly powerful encouragement for the contemporary subject to unshackle himself from the societal or psychological imposed restrictions and fight for his/her desire.
“A loving ode to filmmaking that underscores that without extras, there would be no stars to shine.”
“(This) might very well be Watanabe’s best work yet.”
“Hiraishi beautifully and touchingly evokes that cinema can always fails one’s subjective struggle. “