Christopher’s review published on Letterboxd:
Eros Plus Sheer Boredom for me - I almost completely checked out during the last hour of the director's cut. And frankly, the much-ballyhooed cinematography is bettered in numerous other Japanese films of the time. But it does pass the Bechdel test, a first for any classic Japanese film I've seen that I can recall, so kudos to Yoshida for that. I dearly wish the feminist newspaper had been throughout the film instead of the boring-af, heteronormative-leaning love rhombus that dominates instead.
I suppose this makes me the one person that prefers Coup D'Etat to this, eh?
Frankly I'm glad the editor hung himself at the end, he deserved to for letting any cut of this so long out of the editing suite.