“One of the most promising debuts of the past couple of years.”
“The pulsating revelation that every subject hides a destructive drive and violent desire is the true scandal of the narrative.”
The time for this narrative to become a cult-classic has finally arrived.
“Even now, on the occasion of guiding the performances of actors, I occasionally show this movie as prime reference.”
“On the day that I saw this movie, I was ‘ordered’ to fight, during my entire life, with divine violence.”
“I will give [a list of] movies that influenced my work and those movies that impressed me – those unforgettable movies – when I was young.”
“Another outstanding achievement; (…) a subdued and at times funny exploration of humanity that subtly shifts into a moving meditation of that irrational little thing called love.”
In short, Japanese cinema provided something for everyone – and through many of these cinematographical products a window on contemporary Japanese society was offered. Of course not all movies made this year are a must-see. So with our top 10, we aim to give a personal advice on which movies one should see.