24 year old writer/director.
Don't read my old reviews!
A lot of people have written (much better than I could) about what Kurosawa does here: as to be expected, this is gorgeously wrought. But very few reviews have mentioned – or if they have, only in passing – that this is co-written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and his Happy Hour collaborator Tadashi Nohara. On that count I think the influence is quite clear. Similar to much of Hamaguchi's work, this is a film obsessed with the complexities of performance. The two lead characters…
Cannot stress enough just how gorgeously arranged this is: on a shot-by-shot basis it's hard to think of really any other American genre director (bar Carpenter?) whose scene construction is as frequently elegant. Unfortunately, like much of Shyamalan's earlier work, the film is also exceedingly portentous. The driving idea here is a good one: to run away from tragedy and pain is to run away from what makes us vulnerable and real (i.e... human!). But once the intrigue in uncovering…