4 faves are somewhat recent first watches.
I first saw excerpts of this a decade ago in some Mishima documentary we watched at uni. Back then I probably didn't even find the whole film and there was only a VHS until recently. While I'm sure this mostly works as well as it does because of Miwa-sama's excellence, it definitely was worth the wait. I don't know what they say in the English subs, but in Japanese they never even address Miwa, or rather her character, as anything…
(Director's Cut. Duh.)
The part in the hospital is better than the entirety of the original Halloween II (and 16mm is always a nice touch ofc), but everything after that just didn't really click with me. I like the concept behind it and the idea of exploring Laurie's trauma is infinitely more interesting than the prior film (which feels like an American riff on the oftentimes similarly boring origin stories in Japanese horror films, which had their international boom a…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is only for those who've seen the film, but didn't get a chance to hear more about it from the filmmakers. It spoils both content and creative process behind it, so you have been warned.
For those who have been wondering about the grade between documentary and fiction: Basically the whole film is staged. There are a handful of scenes that somewhat come close to what we would usually define as a documentary; like the funeral, which iirc was…