Fidèle à son univers décalé où gravitent les mondes parallèles de nos peurs et de nos subconscients, traversé d'inquiétants doubles, de méduses vénéneuses, de contamination informatique, d'une étrange marginalité individuelle ou collective et de mortels traumatismes hypnotiques, Kiyoshi Kurosawa nous livre à nouveau une oeuvre pleine et subtile, à l'orée d'une persistante culpabilité bien nipponne. www.cinefiches.com
Like all Kurosawa Kiyoshi films, the third act completely derails into a magnificent disaster. I appreciated how deftly our opinions of the characters mutate, or rotate, from sinister to empathetic and back again. And Kurosawa hasn't lost any talent in setting his tone. This is as close to Silent Hill as has been achieved in film, and that's including the Silent Hill movies.
TIFF '13 TURKEY TIME!!!! Kurosawa also returns to his genre filmmaking beginnings with this weird blend of sci-fi, angst and creature feature. The initial premise is fascinating and the first half hour is quite spellbinding until a gamechanger is introduced about 45 minutes in that the film never recovers from. It gets sillier and sillier and by the time our 'creature' has appeared we're begging for the film to end.
kiyoshi kurosawa approaches a pop romances and somehow arrives at 'je t'aime je t'aime' with a dinosaur; his peculiar tendency towards stylized rear-projection driving shots is now at the heart of his aesthetic, the marriage of meticulous long-take staging and destabilizing digital manipulation. one of the most undervalued films of the year.