“A visually engaging narrative about the nature of happiness and the importance of desire that is highly relevant for Japanese youth.”
A great narrative from a thematical perspective – exploring, with clarity, the impact of a phallic object on male subjective functioning, that is stylistically unable to turn Take’s thematical exploration into a truly powerful experience.
While Not Quite Dead Yet is about the importance of communication and about assuming a desire as subject, Hamasaki’s narrative delivers its message in manner that is, when all is said and done, not alive enough.
A narrative that succeeds in sensibly highlighting the often forgotten importance of the funeral as symbolic event and the possibility to appreciate the human being beyond his failure as symbolic father.
“A corroboration of the fact that Kore-eda is one of the best directors currently alive.”
And if we add Matsuyama Kenichi’s splendid performance to the mix, the already engaging narrative is turned into to be a very moving character study of Satoshi Murayama, but, above all, into a beautiful love-letter to the art of Shogi.
“A tender nostalgic narrative about the nature of sisterly relations and the beauty of transiency”. Introduction In the seaside city of Kamakura near Tokyo, three sisters, 29-year-old Sachi Kouda (Haruka Ayase), 22-year-old Yoshino Kouda (Masami Nagasawa) and 19-year-old Chika Kouda (Kaho), live together. Sachi, a nurse at a local hospital, has been a stand-in mother…