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Solid pieces

Gukoroku: Traces of Sin

2016 / 120m - Japan
Drama, Mystery
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Stylish and atmospheric, but a little too preoccupied with its plot. Some parts of the film are too talky and explanatory, which is a shame because in between there are clear signs of a respectable masterpiece. I'm keeping an eye on Ishikawa though, that's for sure.

Worthy but flawed

Ten Years Japan

Jû-nen: Ten Years Japan
2018 / 98m - Japan
Ten Years Japan poster

Japan's take on the "Ten Years" anthology project. It should've been a good chance to discover some new talent and dissident voices, but the result is way too safe and expected. Produced by Koreeda, but it mostly feels like a project directed by lesser skilled Koreeda knock-offs. The shorts themselves aren't terrible, but there is lots of wasted potential here.