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197 Ratings

Campaign 2

Senkyo 2

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Japan, United States, 2013


In response to the Fukushima disaster, Kazuhiko Yamauchi is running an election campaign with an anti-nuclear message. But unlike last time, he has no money, no support, no nothing. Does he even stand a chance?

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Campaign 2 Directed by Kazuhiro Soda

Critics reviews

Beyond these captivating, visceral moments, Campaign 2’s legacy would probably be in its ability to capture the suppressed but still visible anxiety permeating the perennially stoic Japan in 2011, as the country comes to grip with the fallout of the Fukushima nuclear energy complex.
March 18, 2014
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That ambiguous moment of solidarity and fear has long since vanished; Soda’s valuable film shows us why it is still worth remembering.
June 28, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Ryan's rating of the film Campaign 2

    this is what it is like to be both tired and awake in a time of crisis. having done away with his previous deafening showmanship, Yama-san emerges louder than ever in a guerrilla campaign. Soda is also under scrutiny, confronted by the consequences of documentary fame. it truly feels like a sequel: if Campaign suggests how potent observation is, Campaign 2 convinces us why there will never be too much observation

  • Kwemo's rating of the film Campaign 2

    Maybe a little too long with some shots that could've been cut without losing anything but wow, much more complex, interesting, and self aware without the boring irony of postmodernism. This is cinema verite for the New Sincerity. Two scenes that really stuck out was the scene with the children at the park and the scene where the LDP candidate didn't want to be filmed.

  • nica's rating of the film Campaign 2

    I was relieved to find out his wife did NOT listen to those previously telling her she should quit her job. If not for her, this film would have been way more tragic, I'd say. This was overlong, but it is really interesting to see the hostility the other candidates have towards the director this time around.

  • Korial's rating of the film Campaign 2

    How can we understand society as a whole if first we do not observe, with a different eye, our daily lives? Soda, once again, juxtaposes citizens' daily life with that of one their representatives', revealing the joyful spirit of a community (small chats, kids approaching the camera), its inner tension (the disaster and the game of politics), and its hope (a lighthearted, yet conscious and sensible politician).

  • tinderness's rating of the film Campaign 2

    Bedrückend und empörend, dass die Parteien eine lokalen Wahlkreises das Thema der Atomkraftwerke unmittelbar nach dem GAU von Fukushima verschweigen. Angesichts dieses Skandals nimmt ein Mann den Wahlkampf als unabhängiger Kandidat auf und fordert die mittelfristisge Abschaffung der Atomenergie. Ein Kampf vielleicht nach Art des Don Quixote von La Mancha, aber überlebensnotwendig und immer wieder aktuell!

  • Melissa Lynch's rating of the film Campaign 2

    This comedy/horror documentary was enjoyable to watch. Although the subject of the movie is a scary topic, I thought that is was discussed in a comical manner. Yama San is likable throughout the film and Kazuhiro Soda's editing and shooting skills are excellent. The film does a great job of showing the reality of the campaign they were running in efforts to bring awareness to nuclear plants and radiation.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Campaign 2

    I definitely recommend watching Campaign before this one. It's so good to see Yamauchi and his family again, six years later. This time it feels slightly too long though, and some scenes do not seem necessary. So much has changed - Yamauchi, his personal circumstances, and Japan with its political scene. Even though the faces are familiar, the atmosphere is so much different. A masterful and subtle observation.

  • Kenneth Gentry's rating of the film Campaign 2

    "No money, no support, no nothing."

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