“Kusano succeeds in delivering a quite atypical romance narrative.”
Matsumoto delivers an amazing narrative that allows the spectator to realize that imaginary pleasure offers little protection against the oppressing demands of the society and imaginary injuries dealt by others.
“A great narrative that questions in a light-hearted way the relation between the male subject and his member as well as the role the real member plays within the fantasmatic world of men.”
An elegantly constructed and highly impactful exploration of the inhibiting fear of being rejected by one’s beloved.
Machiko Ono and Yuki Katayama breathe extra-ordinary life and realism into the pain, the hopes, the white lies, the tears, the smiles, and the anger of contemporary female subjects subjected to a phallically-structured societal system. Highly recommended.
“A fabulous narrative that offers a satisfying exploration of the tragedy of phallic ambition and the destructive potential of desire.”
Kawanobe delivers a very touching and emotional story about homosexuality in Japan.
“A beautiful film that elegantly explores the role the imaginary plays in marital failure as well as in the beginning of a new romantic bond.”
“Tokaibayashi Tsuyoshi delivers an important narrative that reveals how a societal system, which struggles with the newly-posed riddle of gender, problematizes the integration of the transgender subject in its fabric.”
“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 great narrative that elegantly and gently exploits non-verbal communication to deliver a touching tale of subjective struggle.”
“Amane does not only blend horror and eroticism fluidly together, but does so to deliver a satisfying critique of how social media eventually becomes a tool for male subjects to chase their phallic fantasy.”
“Suzuki’s narrative offers an excellent critique of the exploitative dimensions of the phallic patriarchal society.”