Also known as
1/2 Mensch
Specifics
Japan [1986] - 48m
Genre
Documentary, Music
Directed by
Gakuryu Ishii
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
1/2 Man poster

Watches

June 12, 2015

2.0*/5.0*

Pure Ishii punk. But also a lot of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten of course. A peculiar project where Ishii takes a location and a band and tries to construct a visual poem with them. At times, it felt a bit too much like a stage performance (only without an audience), but when it becomes more abstract it does show a lot of potential.

Think of it as an Umfeld avant-la-lettre, only with a huge dose of 80s industrial and noize. The problem is that I don't have that much with the latter. The music was a little underwhelming, the vocals were just terrible and the impact wasn't nearly as impressive as it was clearly meant to be.

The location (an abandoned factory) was cool (though a bit predictable) and the industrial vibe comes across pretty well, it's just that it all feels a bit tame by modern standards. I'm sure I would've loved this 30 years ago, for its time it's also a very cool project, but give just me some modern-day industrial techno instead.