Kushina (2018) review [OAFF 2018]

“A strong statement against suffocating parental desires, desires that do not give the child the necessary space and time to let his own desire comes to fruition.”

Mimicry Freaks (2019) review

“An amazing horror film and a gripping exploration of the cycle of abuse and the horrors child-abuse quite often lead to.”

Cry (2019) Review

“A strangely powerful narrative on life’s monotonous cyclicity.”

Short Movie Time: Sense of Sin (2018)

“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.”

Yeah (2018) review

“An experimental narrative that successfully critiques the current state of Japan’s mental healthcare.”

Sea (2018) review

“This narrative reveals and displays Takahashi’s talent in cinematographical composing and in evoking natural emotions.”

21th century girl (2018) Review

A powerful plea for more support for female directorial talent and for more Japanese narratives that explore female subjectivity, question the nature of the sexual relationship, and investigate the effects society has on women and their subjectivity.