A modern classic about the beauty of being in a state of desiring and the impact a phallic injury can have on the ability of a subject to fall in love.
An intimate and touching account of the drama that romance and becoming a woman can be.
In Shiraishi’s talented hands the narrative transforms into a visual elegant and compelling examination of the desire that drives us all.
Obayashi ensures that this narrative, after so many years, still succeeds in captivating and mesmerize the spectator.
It is via the splatter of blood, the concatenation of sexual acts, and the ghostly revenge that Yamaguchi presents the male spectator his truth: that he, beyond fantasy and desire, is a merely castrated being.
“A wonderful experience that does not only present a touching exploration of the pain of longing but also functions as an exquisite and elegant celebration of the art of stripping.”
“Ueda’s engaging film is all about two subjects trying to escape their phantasmatic identification with the notion of trash.”
A genre mish-mash – a cocktail of light-hearted comedy, family drama, bloody thriller, and ghostly romance – that is not only pleasant but offers the spectator a rich emotional fabric to savour.
Tanada offers a compelling exploration of the emotional turmoil a female subject caused by the sudden death of someone important.
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.”
“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.