“An elegant and moving exploration of a how certain subjects unwillingly compose their own romantic failures.”
“An essential viewing for all who holds the art of cinema dear.”
“Hanabusa’s second outing proves to be as enjoyable and thrilling as the first.”
“A highly pleasant action spy thriller that will satisfy both those hungry for exciting action and those who love a dense narrative with twist and turns.”
“Adachi’s mystery sci-fi film remains, after all these years, a highly entertaining narrative.”
“Fuji delivers his best movie yet and, quite possibly, the cult-film of the year.”
“A wonderful and refreshing blend between the jidai-geki/chanbara and the kaiju genre.”
“A pleasing narrative about the arbitrariness of language and culture.”
A veritable horror classic.
“One of the most satisfying Japanese action films of this year.”
“Masamura delivers a phenomenal narrative, a true post-war classic.”
“Nakagawa offers everything a spectator and fan has come to except from the genre: exciting action and violent exploitation.”
Introduction Mizuki Kiyama’s graduation short film Bath House of Whales is a creative reworking of her memories of accompanying her mother, a person of Korean descent living in Japan, to the public baths. Bath House of Whales (2019) was also screened at the Pia Film Festival, where it won the special jury prize.
“Maruyama’s narrative speaks powerfully to the spectator’s subjectivity – his fears and hopes – and enables his evocation of a glimmer of hope that remains present in this dark depressive modern relational mess to positively impact his audience.”
“An enthralling audiovisual experience and a powerful critique of the Japanese political system.”