Bright Future

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) (2002)

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) first published by EyeforFilm Beautiful, fragile, free-floating and amorphous, jellyfish seem to exude a brilliant lustre all of their own, and are inscrutable to any but their own kind – try and get too close, however, and they are liable to deliver a killer sting. These creatures feature aplenty in Kiyoshi…

Gelatt

Philip Gelatt on the Aesthetics of Frustration

Philip Gelatt, writer/director of They Remain, on the slipperiness of genre, the atmosphere of Kiyoshi Kurosawa and the aesthetics of frustration first published by SciFiNow Born in Wisconsin and resident in Brooklyn, Philip Gelatt is a comic book author and filmmaker who likes to take our expectations of genre and turn them on their head, creating a space in which the viewer can easily…

Cure

Cure (Kyua) (1997)

Cure first published by LWLies, as the 56th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “It’s not good to work too hard. You look sicker than your wife to me.” In Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure (Kyua), police detective Takabe (played by Koji Yakusho, in his first of many rôles for Kurosawa) is told this by the psychiatrist…

Vanish

Before We Vanish (2017)

Before We Vanish first published by SciFiNow Kiyoshi Kurosawa is no stranger to humanity’s end.  Apocalypses closed his Charisma and Pulse, and now his Before We Vanish promises the same right from its title – even if the original Japanese title, Sanpo suru shinryakusha, literally means ‘strolling invaders’. Indeed, it tells its story of alien invasion…

Daguerrotype

Daguerrotype (La secret de la chambre noire) (2016)

Daguerrotype first published by SciFiNow “He’s confused photography and reality for so long, he can no longer tell the living from the dead.” 22-year-old Marie (Constance Rousseau) is talking about her father Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), whose obsession both with daguerreotypy and with his late wife Denise has made him turn his back on fashion photography, and…

Pulse

Pulse (2001)

Pulse first published by EyeForFilm (03/02/2006) “It all began one day, without warning, like this”. These are the opening words of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse (Kairo), delivered in voice-over by Michi (Kumiko Aso), as she stands alone on a ship’s deck with her back to the camera, staring out (much like the viewer) at the menacing clouds and…

Journey To The Shore (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) “Don’t rush it,” piano teacher Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu) tells her young pupil at the beginning of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore (aka Kishibe no tabi). “Nice and slow.” “I think your tempo is a bit…