The camera placement/framing/composition is undeniable, it provokes an intense reaction from the viewer. Structurally it's very reminiscent of Grillet, it demands repeated viewings to unpack what it is all about. The score is otherworldly, needs a vinyl reissue. To sum up: THIS IS FILM DAMMIT
Yoshida's cinematography is really out-of-this-world spectacular. Allegorical, representative, everything seems to constantly touch upon what is "above" in this film. It makes the very real world the film is shot in, seem something entirely different, some eery and strange world that we don't exist in ourselves. Creatures torn apart and then reassembled as something slightly less (or more) human. Beautiful.
Inexplicably brilliant. Feels more innovative and modern than any film I've seen made this year. Yoshida's visuals are amazing and completely distinctive (it would be easy to guess that Eros Plus Massacre was made by the same person if you weren't aware beforehand).
Defines the term "gnomic", even more so than Yoshida's famously cryptic Eros Plus Massacre and Coupe d'état. Pushes narrative, representational cinema towards an extreme of anti-psychology, anti-melodrama, anti-social context. Geometric space reigns supreme as people become dislocated from themselves, from time, from the world.
This is the first movie I've seen by Yoshida and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I can't say I *enjoyed* it and I can't say I understood it, but I also can't say I didn't like it. I've just never seen anything quite like it. It feels... sterile, the way a doctor's office feels sterile. The compositions and the high contrast photography, it all evokes the air of a world that almost exists, but not quite.
It dosen't matter how many or how much movies you watched in your life, a film by Yoshida will always fell strangley new in everything it does. Same goes of course for this one although i still don't quite know what excaktly it IS I saw here. I really have to give the film and myself a little bit more time to progress everything, otherwise my head will explode.
An interesting way to break down a person. What they did, do, may have done and may do. Like most of Yoshidas work, you begin watching it taken back by the unusual (yet spectacular) cinematography, then as the film goes on it feels so normal. Straight after I watched this I saw a random TV drama and was unable to focus on it visually due to the gradual adjustments Yoshidas cinematography influenced upon me (weird).