In Shiraishi’s talented hands the narrative transforms into a visual elegant and compelling examination of the desire that drives us all.
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.
Which films impressed us? Which films should you put on your to-watch-list? Find out in our list of best Japanese films of this year.
“Kazuya Shiraishi delivers, with his sequel, another amazing and highly entertaining yakuza/police thriller.”
A great narrative, offering a nuanced and rich exploration of interpersonal dynamics, that ultimately fails in giving this rich tapestry of interpersonal conflict a fitting finale.
“While we of course encourage the audience to explore the many films this rich festival has to offer, we do want to introduce our recommendations, films that we think are worth seeing and offer certain experience, whether pleasing or confronting.”
As Japannual is just around the corner, we want to introduce our recommendations for Vienna’s most amazing film-festival.
“We present six wonderful movies that are worth seeing.”
“Hiraishi beautifully and touchingly evokes that cinema can always fails one’s subjective struggle. “
“(The narrative) fully realizes what Roman Porno stands for, offering an erotically enticing investigation of inter-subjectivity and the role of sexuality within one’s subjectivity.”
To celebrate the end of this year and to whatever 2019 might bring, we happily release our top ten Japanese movies of 2018.
“One of the best and most entertaining Yakuza/police thrillers in years.”