Isuku arrives in high school as a diving champion and causes a sensation. At the same moment a meteorite strike in the forest triggers an epidemic: people’s organs turn to stone. Expressionist aesthetics and sci-fi spirit blend into maverick director Sogo Ishii’s dream-like vision of the future.
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Even maps can encourage solipsism, prescribing users to ignore them and find their own way. The more they walk and look around the more they’re drawing out new webs of associations between fragments that liquefact under the melting charm of canicular paralipomena: How can all things be distributed, dispersed? How can they communicate in a state of constantly being ripped apart and rearranged, but without completely ↓
"August in the Water" often moves into the realms of the indescribable. Creating a state/ sensation where words and analysis is pointless, leaving an deeper feeling of relation to nature and how to appreciate each other while we are still here. Rarely does sound and image join together in such a perfect symbiosis of evocative power. Spiritual and definitely unique.
A deeply strange film, even from the eccentric Ishii. Working without even the trace amounts of thriller mechanics found in "Labyrinth of Dreams" and "Angel Dust," he relies here almost entirely on hypnotic, associative image work...
Be warned - this film does include pre-Millennial new-ageisms, including talk of UFOs, astrology, and psychic communication with dolphins.
And end-of-century and fresh start film. abounding in occultism i cannot cope with. As I wrote in a recent Text on Ishii, the swimmers and their diving plattform as a temple for diving as a sacred movement were my favorite parts.