Tetsuro Manno proves that he has mastered the drama-genre and shows off his ability to create a quite thematically dense experience.
Ruichi Suita offers a masterclass in using images as signifiers and concatenating them elegantly to sketch out the unaccepted truth that determines a subject’s signifiers and acts.
Miki delivers a great psychological mystery narrative, yet it might not be for everyone.
“Mihiro Kaneko’s incredibly rich performance does not only engages the spectator from start to finish, but allows Yuko’s subjective turmoil, her flight from the societal Other, and her search for an Other that, by lying beyond, can offer salvation to attain its compelling genuineness.”
“A compelling exploration of how certain subjects, psychotically structured, attempt to mend the problematic nature of the symbolic and the imaginary.”
“A worthy attempt to offer something fresh to the horror-table, but Shimizu struggles to blend the many pleasing parts into a whole that truly engages and pleases the spectator.”
“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 splendid debut by Shuna Iijima.”
“A beautiful poetic short that elegantly plays with the contrast between life and death.”
“Hani’s narrative is not only be the best film of Susumu Hani, but also one of the best films of the sixties.”
“A splendid narrative that dares to explore how problematic mothers can be for their children.”
”While not perfect by any means, Igashi still delivers an enjoyable romance narrative.”
“A meditative and intimate masterpiece with a rich but challenging intertextuality.”
“A mystery-horror experience that is, in all aspects, better than ‘Howling Village’.”
“One of the most original romance narratives of the year.”