A very engaging samurai narrative that does not only offer an intriguing glance at one of the most important crossroads of Japanese history, but also a melodramatic exploration of one subject’s function in it.
“Ishii’s narrative meanders a bit too much, but it luckily never outstays its welcome.”
“A very emotional journey about the difficulties of dealing with loss and lack.”
“An elegant and moving exploration of a how certain subjects unwillingly compose their own romantic failures.”
A tremendous achievement [that succeeds in calling] forth orth certain (indigestible) truths concerning the Japanese imperialistic Other.
“Zeze movingly reveals that the ground for true revolution should be love and its goal the realization of that place where a woman can realize her agency as subject.”
“(The narrative) breaths much needed fresh air into the rather stale genre of Japanese romance narrative”
“A splendid crafted high-school narrative (…) that meticulously (…) investigates the complexity of the high-school social fabric, while confronting the spectator with the necessity and the difficulty to become more true to one’s subject.”
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.
“Kurosawa’s masterful formal approach to cinematography shows vividly that creepiness lurks at the surface of society (…) So yes, Creepy lives up to its name, as a masterpiece. And yes, you will think twice about getting cozy with your neighbours”.