“Kusano is able to evokes nothing other than the very fact that one’s subjective truth is ever constructed in cyclic retro-active way.”
“A narrative that is, at no point, able to evoke the power of the song it has used as inspiration.”
Despite the obvious romanticism, a sincere and believable account of a first love.
“A successful debut for Nanako Hirose”
“(The narrative) breaths much needed fresh air into the rather stale genre of Japanese romance narrative”
“This indie genre-bender is still a narrative worth checking out.”
The time for this narrative to become a cult-classic has finally arrived.
“One of the best and most entertaining Yakuza/police thrillers in years.”
“A corroboration of the fact that Kore-eda is one of the best directors currently alive.”
“So while Miyazaki’s talent is evident at various instances in the narrative, he is, due to the aforementioned constraints, not able to exploit his strengths in cinematography and narrative.”