If you told me this was a documentary about 4 really close friends, I would've believed you. Incredible, very natural performance from the 4 main leads who apparently have never been in another movie before. Even aside from the characters, just the way this movie is shot gives it a very naturalistic look.
I'm rarely a fan of overly long movies so it's a surprise even to me how much I loved this and how the 5 hour, 17 minute runtime rarely felt like a drag. While it may not be grand in nature like other long-running epics but this is a contemporary epic in every sense of the word. Multi-layered characters with an incredibly tight direction. I think I can honestly say this is arguably the best pure character drama I've ever seen in film.
I look forward to what Ryusuke Hamaguchi has in store for us in the future.