Farewell song (2019) review

A truly moving narrative that explores, in a very nuanced but detailed way, the difficulty for subjects to meet the Other, the beloved Other, as subject.

Closed Ward/Family of Strangers (2019) review

While ‘Family of Strangers’ runs the risk of corroborating prejudices, Hirayama’s narrative also has the potential to make spectators think about the socially embedded nature of mental suffering,

Sakura (2020) review [Japannual 2020]

“A great narrative that does not only show that family happiness is but a semblance – behind the smiles hides pain and sadness – but also the very fact that the subject can only grasp his present subjective state by narrativizing (and, in many cases idealize) his past.”

It comes (2018) review

“A wonderful exploration of dysfunctional familial bonds and the destructive impact narcissism has on human relations.”

Samurai Marathon (2019) review

“A somewhat atypically packaged jidai-geki, that provides everything one should expect of a contemporary mainstream jidai-geki.”