Ninagawa prioritizes aesthetics too much here. It's about one-tenth as graphic, depressing and erotic as the source material. Performances are weird too, like the actors wanted to chew scenery but held back. It all feels very affected, which would be okay, if the artifice had a point. But it doesn't.
Mika Ninagawa is a famous photographer in Japan, this film feels like her photos have come to life. There's a nice story, but it seems that more emphasis was put on the visuals. Each scene looks like it could be a photograph, and having model, Anna Tsuchiya as the protagonist doesn't hurt. What also adds to the film is the beautiful soundtrack by Shiina Ringo.