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Regizat de Carlos Reygadas
Mexic, Olanda, 2002


A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken love grows.

Japan Regizat de Carlos Reygadas

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  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Japan

    Despite at least one seemingly straightforward nod to Stalker, Reygadas' debut, which veers, in a determined, stately stumble, between the sublime/grandiose and the animal/ridiculous, reminds me less of Tarkovsky than of '70s Herzog, albeit with less control over its materials, a more muddled wit, and a somewhat awkward finale that puts Arvo Pärt's great Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten in the Popol Vuh position.

  • Jason's rating of the film Japan

    If JAPÓN is not strictly a visionary debut this is because it doesn't implement a vision so much as arrive at one. There is documentary at the heart of all great cinema, even when there is a plan. There is the heroism of those who go out and lasso something impossibly mighty. A commonplace to say narrative films are documentaries about their actors. Well, sometimes they are cardiograms of the whole cosmic kingdom.

  • Michael H.'s rating of the film Japan

    Barring the final scene which sadly veers close to being tasteless despite the tenderness of the film before it, Japón still stands out as a great début. I like Carlos Reygadas, but this feels like the best film from him, despite being the first, because it doesn't try to force itself into being a 'great' film and has more of a personal and lyricalness to it compared to the later ones I've seen.

  • Frank ViSo's rating of the film Japan

    Japón è un lento incedere nella miseria umana, l'affannata ricerca di un senso in mezzo al nulla, che Reygadas trasforma in palcolscenico del visivo...

  • Susanna-Cole King's rating of the film Japan

    The Mexican landscapes are ruggedly arresting and majestic (I've seen Mexico in a new light), the story is somewhat unsettling and not, for me, in the form of a thought-provoking sucker-punch that offers you something meaty to mentally chew over. Five out of five stars for the cinematography, two stars for all else. On a side note: do any of you know where in Mexico this was filmed? The Hidalgo state, perchance?

  • Max Seqgar's rating of the film Japan

    A profound film lies not only on long cool shots and quirky local characters, said Tarkovsky. Nice try though!

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Japan

    Japon, the first film by Carlos Reygadas (and the first I've seen by him), is one of the most daring dramas I've seen. This is a hypnotic, mystifying film; sort of resembling Harold & Maude if Tarkovsky had directed it but even that would do a disservice to the film and to Reygadas' unique style. While not for everyone, those who make the journey may come out of the film profoundly shaken. I know I was.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Japan

    From the beginning it is hypnotic. One cannot do much except keep watching. I felt it was so basic - and that's a good thing. It deals with raw emotions, feelings. There is little to not like with this film. It's not perfect, but very good.

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