Strange movies centered around Japanese Schoolgirls is my game!
With Criterion Distribution, 2 Cannes wins, to include the coveted Palm D’Or, Oscar and BAFTA Nominations it’s hard to look at the career of Hirokazu Kore-Eda and doubt this is someone who’s work won’t stand out as contemporary classics into the foreseeable future.
This is a big reason why watching something like Maborosi is so special in my opinion. Even if the year today was 1995 and you were to ask me if I thought the director of this film…
Love & Pop In-Depth Analysis Part 1: Historical Background of Japan in 1998.
Love & Pop is a compelling critique of the state of Japan in the late 90’s. In order to understand why this movie exists and what it’s talking about you must learn what was going on in the country at that time. I’m no historian but I’ll do my best to break down what my research has uncovered to the best of my ability.
1. The Bubble Economy
He's fucking back! Easily one of the top 3 Sono!
Right when we were beginning to doubt we would ever see him return. When it looked like he was losing his touch; he drops this masterpiece!
That whole film was just a giant expression of frustration with the studio system and his cult icon status. It expressed a desire to return to filming movies like he used to; independently and without constraints. Wanting to leave a legacy his family can be proud of. It was hype. Compelling af.