Kaga can carry a film with her screen presence alone, but this has so many interesting and poetic ideas, it's almost impossible not to be captivated by it. Even for the sake of curiosity alone. Another great example of how effective and coherent an episodic film can be.
Well-made post war movie, but suffers from its mediocrity, not even because of the puzzling story that could've been executed with a different approach but because of the rather weak social criticism, agreeing though, if it was a japanese parody of Red Desert and you actually watch it with this pretense, you'll probably enjoy it more, than I did.
http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/film_programme/august_seasons/shinjuku_diaries_films_from_the_art_theatre_guild_of_ja The film will be screened at BFI Southbank as part of Shinjuku Diaries: Films from the Art Theatre Guild season (1st - 31st Aug) Screening on 4th introduced by Roland Domenig
Exquisite and enigmatic, retracing the transitory migration of insects into the heart of national trauma, social metamorphosis, and Japan's splintered post-imperialist identity. An allegorical, quasi-phantasmagoric film that follows the associative logic of poetry and dreams.