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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Lex Lucas's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    Touching, simple and already politic for Oshima's first long. The end is powerful.

  2. letters never sent's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    A lot of the people were well-intentioned, but nobody truly understood the family's plight. That said, the depiction is very human, regardless how wide the divide was between all of them.

  3. Andrew Miller's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    The class hostility here is bitter, bitter. I thought of On the Waterfront's rather different treatment of the birds...

  4. azoulay's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    Prodige d'une fable audacieuse tenue jusqu'à son dénouement . Une fois de plus Oshima bouleverse l'ordre et confronte les classes sociales japonaises avec génie émotion et beauté. Les personnages sont bouleversants, justes et entiers, figures d'un jeu de massacre où les riches restent des riches et les pauvres des vaincus. dans le décor d'un Tokyo ravagé par la misère. Super!

  5. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    Un filme romántico pero oscurecido por un aura neorrealista. Oshima hace una mirada a la sociedad japonesa notoriamente dividida, cada estrato razonando mediante sus posibilidades o su suerte. Hay una intención por retratar a la sociedad reaccionando con optimismo. Los resultados, sin embargo, son pesimistas, muy a pesar, reales y sinceros.

  6. Jesse Furgurson's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

  7. Neither/Nor's rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    Archetypes of neorealism endowed with the implacable strength of resentment: there can be no significant exchange between classes, no nostalgia for aborted romances, and under no circumstances can a home be returned to.

  8. Francisco R.'s rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    The intentions of Nagisa Ôshima with this conflictive and painfully honest debut are clear from the beginning, instead of sugarcoating the problems of his dear Japan like he must have probably thought of his colleagues' works, he manages to be both blunt and subtle with an accurate depiction of working-class Japan needing no more than 62 minutes to make his point.

  9. micmac●'s rating of the film A Town of Love and Hope

    This film sort of picks up where Ozu's films left off in narrating the sociopolitical history of Japan through the eyes of a family.