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Gozu (Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu)

“Remember, everything I’m about to tell you is a joke,” says Ozaki, shortly before murdering a puppy. The dog, he earnestly tells his fellow gang members, has been trained to … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Maruyama, the Middle Schooler (Chūgakusei Maruyama)

Obsession, irrationality, heightened emotional responses… what does “being a teenager” mean? Adolescence obviously happens at a certain point in life, but then, in another sense, it never really goes away. … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

License to Live (Ningen Gōkaku)

    “There are signs that force us to conceive lost time, that is, the passage of time, the annihilation of what was, the alteration of beings. It is a … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gohatto

When the film ended I felt as though I had dreamed it. This is probably thanks to the ambiguous, ethereal final sequence, as well as the fantastically eerie score by … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment