Ah, Wilderness: Part 1 ★★★★★

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Don't be afraid of the 5+ hours run time!
WILDERNESS (Part 1 & 2) is a existential and respectful commentary on current Japanese society, featuring Masaki Suda and Yang Ik-june as two aspiring boxers with complete different backgrounds and motives. Based on Shûji Terayama's novel from the 60s, Kishi uses these contrary characters to form a bond of support, hate, forgiveness and recognition, to help them find a way out of the lack of perspectives they're facing.

It is incredibly witty, a little bit avant-garde and at times humorous and treats all of its protagonists with lots of respect, regardless of their social backgrounds and/or role.

PS: Yūsuke Santamaria is pure gold.

Full review in German: infernalcinematicaffairs.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/wilderness-2017-jp/