A touching narrative that explores how difficult it is for subject to assume a place for himself, a place from where he/she can desire, without the structuring influence of motherly love.
Tag: Jo Odagiri
What To Do With Dead Kaiju (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival 2022]
“An extremely well-structured genre-blend that does not only provides the laughs and giggles with its pleasant political satire, but also allows the spectator to immerge himself into the tension that mark the attempts of dealing with the carcass.”
They Say Nothing Stays the Same (2019) review [22nd Nippon Connection]
An exquisitely shot meditation about the impact change has on society and subjectivity.
A Madder Red (2021) review [Nippon Connection 2022]
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.
22nd Nippon Connection: Recommendations
This list does not only reveal the variety of unique perspectives that mark Japanese Cinema, but also echoes that what directors, from a cinematic perspective, put into question within Japanese society.
The Asian Angel (2021) review [OAFF 2021]
“Ishii’s latest succeeds in showing, in a powerful and touching manner, the possibility of intercultural friendship and romance.”
Room Laundering (2018) review [Fantasia Fest]
“A subtle emotional narrative about the central question of love that bothers every neurotic subject.”
Over The Fence (2016) Review [Camera Japan Festival]
“It is not love-story in the traditional sense of the word, but a wonderful and moving psychological study of the concept of meeting, a sort of meeting that might change each subject involved forever.”
Yureru (2006) review
Yureru proves to be a very intimate emotive meditation on the mendacity of identity and the subjectivity in experiencing reality. It is a sublime meditation we recommend to everyone.
Kawaki/World of Kanako (2014) Review
“A very engaging, subversive exploration into the various effects this irrational real can have on speaking subjects.”
Air Doll (2009) Review
“Kore-eda, with his thoughtful and powerful visual composition, offers a sad and touching meditation on loneliness and subjective emptiness and the importance of love and desire to escape this subjective emptiness.”
Yureru/ゆれる (2006) (Review)
An intimate emotive meditation on the mendacity of identity.