A healthy (and movingly explicated) reminder of something that's been kinda glaringly off my radar of late: to grow up, even if one becomes a genuine adult, is to always be made into a kind of holy monster.
I read the manga after seeing the film; Sono has managed to elevate his adaptation to something greater than the source material. His choices and changes are inspired. In a way, the Tohoku disaster was fortuitous in that it crystallized the societal, political and economic ills and tensions that the manga tried to capture. Incorporating the devasatation was as necessary as it was inevitable. Powerful.
"The manga is more depressing, because it was written in a more peaceful time. Now we’re not living in a peaceful time; we’re not secure enough to show these depressing things." (Sion Siono). Ah yes, dudes need the right dose of delusions to stay living. This isn't so bad at all (the last scene is pretty moving). But as an adaptation, fuck i don't know, got disappointed by dishonest script.
Sono continues to demonstrate flair, passion and playfulness which allows his film to approach adult themes in its quirky and twisted representation of youth alienation in contemporary society. Though I really like him as a film-maker, Sono continues his trend of making films about 30 minutes longer than they really need to be.
Probably Sion Sono's most emotional film that I've seen. I read the manga beforehand, it's much different, if not better. It's more like a love letter to his country after the wake of the events that occurred the year it was filmed and released. He doesn't use gore this time around to shock the viewer, but let's the dialogue shine through. The two main actors did such an amazing job as well. One of his best films.