FNC '15 The prolific Sion Sono underwhelms with this b&w slight film that struggles in telling a tale of a humanoid robot space travelling package courier (!!!) learning about human nature on a somewhat desolate planet. Shot in the evacuated areas of Fukushima a certain verisimilitude of human survival is captured but the films final set piece, a long walk down a corridor capturing experience in shadow, is powerful.
Seeing Sion Sono this restrained is incredible. He is the world's leading maximalist and after just having watched Tokyo Tribe, seeing him go from his normal everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to this incredibly minimalistic treatment is very impressive. This film is the Japanese space version of Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman and a live action spiritual successor to WALL-E.
We already know that when the silly haircuts, loud noises and peek-a-boo nudie stuff is stripped away, there is a very interesting director lurking beneath. Like Miike, Sono is capable of great things, bad things and okay things. This is a little more than okay, but it's not great. Beautiful photography despite the hollow all too crispness of digital cinema.
Hier kommt eine minimalistische Weltraumoper von Sion Sono, der den Opfern des Tsunamis 2011 ein Denkmahl setzt. Sono ist ein unermüdlicher Punk Poet und allein im letzten Jahr hat er fünf Filme inszeniert. So kennen wir ihn: Schrill, bunt und schnell! Und The Whispering Star? Das glatte Gegenteil!(...)