“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 feel-good movie full of genuine emotions and satisfying romantic moments that also succeeds in delivering an important message to young adults.
“A powerful reminder that what truly counts is not the relation to the imagined Other, an Other who might or not desire the subject, but a relation to another subject.”
“Nakagawa, in short, reaffirms herself as one of the most promising female directors in Japan at the moment.”
“A tender and sweet appeal to Japanese society to give every subject the possibility to assume, with respect to others, a subjective place of speech.”
“A compelling exploration of the enticing power religious cults and militaristic organization have in a society driven by consumption and enjoyment and – as vague as it may sound – the Otherness of the others.”
“An experimental narrative offers the spectator a confrontation with the kind of subjective ravage our pleasure-based capitalistic society is able to produce.”
“A pleasing and moving questioning of fatherhood and the role of love in bringing subjects together.”
‘One of the most powerful narratives concerning desire to date.’
“A captivating exploration of the conflictual tension between sexual desire, love, and plight.”
“A great debut for Katayama.”
“A subtle but uncompromising exploration of the oedipal problematic”
“Highly original and touching to boot. (…) highly recommended.”
A commentary of a night with friends of the Japanese indie-scene.
“Fukuma delivers a highly original exploration of the subject’s need to secure a place for himself to desire from.”