“A great narrative that does not only show that family happiness is but a semblance – behind the smiles hides pain and sadness – but also the very fact that the subject can only grasp his present subjective state by narrativizing (and, in many cases idealize) his past.”
While Yamasaki’s message is clear, the delivery of his positive message of empowerment would have more gripping and emotionally powerful for the spectator if the sound-design were on point.
A feel-good movie full of genuine emotions and satisfying romantic moments that also succeeds in delivering an important message to young adults.
“A narrative that will not only please long-time fans of the series, but also convert many newcomers into kakegurui’s enthusiasts.”
“An impressive debut by Teppei Isobe.”
‘A rather forgettable experience.’
“With this short narrative, Sara Ogawa proves that she’s an extremely talented director.”
“A powerful evocation of the importance of assuming one’s own subjective position. ”
‘One of the most powerful narratives concerning desire to date.’
“(The narrative) unearths the struggle that the blossoming of one’s polymorph perverse sexuality can have on one’s process of coming-into-being in a beautiful way.”
“While Oda show promise as a director, his debut-narrative reveals that he has yet to find his own distinctive voice.”
“By rendering the subjectivity of his protagonists as opaque as possible to the spectator, Miyake is able to successfully highlight the difficulties of realizing a subjective position.”