"A game. Get it? It's a game..."
It's seemingly impossible for a Nūberu Bāgu film to be less than interesting, and Yoshida's debut feature definitely is a thematically and visually engaging film. Good-for-Nothing focuses on four friends who share a rebellious attitude, driven by aimlessness and boredom. But due to their different economic background, these young men are on opposing life trajectories.
While I think the dark, contrast-heavy compositions are arguably the film's biggest strength, the story's bleak nature also hit all the right tones for me.
Moreover, I'd argue that it evokes various Nouvelle Vague films, in themes as well as style. For example, it's portrait of youthful rebellion made me think of Godard's Breathless, whereas it's visual style and jazz soundtrack reminds of certain early films by Malle.
Yoshida deserves more attention, this is a good debut!