“An extra-ordinary apocalyptic horror narrative that explores, in a refined way, the destructive impact of consumption – the pulsating attraction of injecting solitary enjoyment by engaging with gadgets and screens – on our subjective position and the fabric of bonds that surrounds us.”
“An elegant and touching exploration of arrested mourning, unresolved subjective regrets, and the impact of unfinished business on the deceived or the living subject.”
A tremendous achievement [that succeeds in calling] forth orth certain (indigestible) truths concerning the Japanese imperialistic Other.
Find out which films we selected for our top ten Japanese films of the last decade (and also discover Onderhond’s second opinion).
“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.
Talks with directors: Jun Tanaka