Also known as
Sono Shunkan, Boku wa Nakitaku Natta
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 115m
Genre
Drama
Directed by
Hiroki Horanai, Hiroki Inoue, Daishi Matsunaga, Takashi Miike, Isao Yukisada
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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January 15, 2022

3.5*/5.0*

A pretty peculiar anthology. This was marketed as something a bit more experimental, heralding new forms of film making and all that. The result: five pretty basic Japanese drama shorts, some of them with a little fantastical twist, but none of them really doing anything special or out of the ordinary.

There's no clear concept here, apart from the fact that the primary focus lies on drama. Takashi Miike and Isao Yukisada were brought in to spearhead this film, the other three directors are younger and still have everything to prove. Again, that's par for the course, as most Japanese anthologies are set up this way.

Miike's short feels like a live action version of a Shinkai film, but the execution is a little flat, the 2nd and 3rd shorts aren't all that remarkable either. Horanai's film is the first to really show some promise, but it's Yukisada's 5th and final entry that finally delivers the goods. It's certainly not a bad collection of films, but I honestly expected more. There are no weak films, but no stand-outs either.

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