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  • Love Hotel

    ★★★★

  • Takeshis'

    ★★★★

  • Women in Love

    ★★★★

  • Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees

    ★★★★½

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  • Love Hotel

    Love Hotel

    ★★★★

    The sensual neon lights and glossy surfaces of the city pop facade of mid-80's Japan hide an ugly truth: disillusionment, discontent, failure, alienation, trauma, all of these repurposed as the ties that bind a marginal community together against the crushing weight of an erupting economy and a devouring culture of consumerism; sharing and embracing the pain as means for survival, reenacting and navigating trauma as a way to reclaim the lost qualities of another life. Eroticism in this context is…

  • Takeshis'

    Takeshis'

    One of the most fascinating, versatile figures in Japanese pop culture, Takeshi fucking Kitano, takes a look upon himself and the meaning of his life and legacy through what he knows best, film, in a process of self-actualization towards his on-screen and off-screen personas, that transition from being perceived as a comedian to then inhabit different roles built upon masculinity and stoicism to only then recontextualize that persona again and again through acting, directing and writing his own projects; it's…

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  • Women in Love

    Women in Love

    ★★★★

    The title may refer to the women, but to me this appears to be more about the guys, the dudes, the fellas; the conflict comes when their somewhat hedonistic, carefree and passionless perspective on life, which in itself embodies the ways of the modern world and England in all of its emotional and psychological turmoil post-WWI, is confronted by the assured stance on love, life and desire of the women. It's as much about their inability to properly navigate and…

  • Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees

    Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees

    ★★★★½

    A horror story about the rupture of tradition and national identity, about recontextualizing the dynamic within gender roles and the struggle of civilization vs the insular lifestyle at the heart of Japanese culture and history. Sakaguchi's text remains pretty much intact to serve Shinoda, just like in the previous Himiko with the figure of the titular priestess and the myth of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, to question the ultimate meaning of the national symbols that form the modern construct of…