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Campaign 2

Senkyo 2

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Japan, United States, 2013
  • Japanese
  • English
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In response to the Fukushima disaster, Kazuhiko Yamauchi is running an election campaign with an anti-nuclear message. But unlike last time, he has no money, no support, no nothing. Does he even stand a chance?

Our take

Filmed within the shadow of the Fukushima disaster, Soda revisits Kazuhiko Yamauchi 6 years later as he embarks upon a new political campaign. Campaign 2 dives further into the Japan’s unique electoral process, environmental negligence, and bureaucratic structures on an intimate yet universal scale.

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Critics reviews

Beyond these captivating, visceral moments, Campaign 2’s legacy would probably be in its ability to capture the suppressed but still visible anxiety permeating the perennially stoic Japan in 2011, as the country comes to grip with the fallout of the Fukushima nuclear energy complex.
March 18, 2014
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That ambiguous moment of solidarity and fear has long since vanished; Soda’s valuable film shows us why it is still worth remembering.
June 28, 2013
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