Shinzo Katayama delivers one of the most satisfying drama-thrillers this year.
In Shiraishi’s talented hands the narrative transforms into a visual elegant and compelling examination of the desire that drives us all.
A great experimental thriller-mystery narrative about borders and the destructive nature of prejudice.
Shugo Fujii proves that he is the master of indie-thrillers.
“The effective interaction between his fluid composition, the great narrative structure, and the thematical exploration of trauma and perverse fantasies ensures that the film hits all the right notes and more.”
“A splendid narrative that dares to explore how problematic mothers can be for their children.”
“Hanabusa’s second outing proves to be as enjoyable and thrilling as the first.”
“Fuji delivers his best movie yet and, quite possibly, the cult-film of the year.”
“One of the most satisfying Japanese action films of this year.”
“His dystopian ‘thriller’ does not only masterly highlight, in a chilling way, the various ills that marks contemporary society, but also shows, that within such dystopian world, a subject can always rediscover something to life and fight for.”
“A great narrative by Kaizo Hayashi that explores, via the structure fiction, the truth of three different affects – responsibility, guilt, and sadness through loss – during and in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.”
“A narrative that will not only please long-time fans of the series, but also convert many newcomers into kakegurui’s enthusiasts.”
“A brilliant narrative exploring, in a very confronting but enlightening way, the importance of inter-subjectivity to attain happiness.”