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.
rewatching this 3 years later, it's much messier than the first time and i realized just how much of that was covered by the incredible acting of each character. the movie stretches a little too long and some emotional nuance is totally missing because every 5 minutes someone is crying or reciting a speech but it works...it's still great, but it hasn't aged particularly well