Visualized hearts (2016) review

 

“Igarashi Akiko does prove herself to be a new fresh voice in the Japanese sci-fi genre and a director to watch.”

Introduction

From 2012 onward, the Osaka Asian Film Festival has provided a platform named ‘The Indie Forum’ where spectators can see the projects of new and upcoming talent. This year, amazing indies like ‘Love and Goodbye and Hawaii’ ‘Swaying Mariko’ and ‘Bamy’ were screened at the festival. And while most upcoming talent is male, there were also some female directors showing of their work. One of these female directors was Igarashi Akiko, who debuted with her first full-length feature film, ‘Visualized hearts’.

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Before We Vanish (2017) review

“Another outstanding achievement; (…) a subdued and at times funny exploration of humanity [that] subtly shifts into a moving meditation of that irrational little thing called love.”

Introduction

Those who have read our top 10 of 2017, might have noticed that Kurosawa’s Before we Vanish received a shared fifth place, without receiving an in-depth review. With the upcoming release of Before We Vanish by Super LTD, from 2 February in selected theaters, we were finally given the opportunity to present our review of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s (and Sachiko Tanaka’s) adaptation of Tomohiro Maekawa’s stage play.

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