Spring, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Toshihiko attends school in the coastal town of Karatsu, where his aunt cares for his ailing cousin. Immersed in the seaside’s nature and culture, Toshihiko soon befriends the town’s other extraordinary adolescents as they all contend with the war’s gravitational pull.
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This has to be one of the best films of 2017, if not the very best. Really not expecting something so substantial from the director of House. Please show us more films by him MUBI, the guy must have some more hidden gems in his filmography.
Clearly OB made the last part of the film his final words of life to be put on film. Not so perfect as Seven Weeks but still an unforgettable feast of fever dream. It’s so good that his condition turned better and he could continue to put more words into more films.
Incredible feverish dream - disorienting, fragmented, filled with nostalgia and sadness. So beautifully surreal, this dream slowly sinks into a heartbreaking nightmare. The eye-popping visual style and "bad" special effects create interesting contrast with the dark tone of the story. The director breaks so many rules of "good" film-making, and yet the result is outstanding. Unforgettable!
Although its excessive doses of digital aesthetic and the editing wipes are irritating, this is nonetheless a hypnotically funereal lament of a society's collective trauma as it struggles to come to terms with its own base values of militarism. Those values that sacrficed Yamanaka are depicted with ample theatricality, mostly successful in the back-projection effects that add a nostalgic yet superficial lustre.
Melodrama made out of the dreams of orphan children given passion flower vine hot chocolate drips before bed. If someone else has more eloquently broken the rules of "good cinema", I'd like to see that.
Obayashi has never been one to shy away from artifice but his use of green screen here would make even George Lucas blush. It's nice that he has come full circle and back to his experimental roots and I'm sure this newfangled digital medium has completely freed up his creative juices. Unfortunately that means his final few movies are starting to resemble cheap, retina-burning ultra HI-K TV melodramas.
To stratify languages and meanings is a risky endeavour, especially when the aesthetics may result too stylized and distracting and the movie's main themes might remain entrapped into the world of metaphor. When we talk about war I just prefer another kind of approach, more realistic, practical, minimalist, sober.