товарищ Adachi Masao

товарищ Adachi Masao

Fanboy of Mrinal Sen, Ryōsuke Hashiguchi, Alain Guiraudie and Paul Vecchiali

Favorite films

  • Tonkin Jasmine Flower
  • In Search of Famine
  • April in Vietnam in the Year of the Cat
  • Povorot

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  • Drive My Car

    ★★★½

  • Subarnarekha

    ★★★★

  • Electra, My Love

    ★★½

  • Legitimate Violence

    ★★★½

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  • Legitimate Violence

    Legitimate Violence

    The portrait of the neo-fascist organization’s leader is hilariously on the nose: a reactionary intellectual who admires Mishima Yukio and engages in a disturbing incestuous relationship with his niece. The long and often unimaginative chasing, kidnapping and bar sequences whose sole purpose seems to resemble the genre standards, definitely don’t dilute Legitimate Violence’s razor-sharp sense of politics, which focus on two central theses: (1) The populist right-wing narrative often does more to obscure the truth than actual reveal it, and…

  • Illustrious Corpses

    Illustrious Corpses

    Badly rhythmed but its sly commentary on the deformed and inept nature of the Communist party in the imperial core (even though the Italian Communist party is one of two most powerful communist parties in Western Europe in Post-World War II) definitely has the weight. The conspiracy here is the collaboration between the Christian Democracy party (and some other right-wing parties) backed by the U.S. and the right-wing killing squads conducting the murders of judges to pin the crimes on…

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  • In Search of Famine

    In Search of Famine

    ★★★★½

    An actress plays a game where she asks the film crew about some photos of starving people and from which famines they are taken. A villager mocks how this filmmaking group accidentally causes a famine in the village where they shot a movie about famine. With just a few minor details but these have already established what maybe the most sardonic yet politically sensitive work I have seen from Mrinal Sen so far. In the treatment of 1943 Bengal famine,…

  • Hunters' Sense of Touch

    Hunters' Sense of Touch

    Honestly, the most compelling quality about Hunters’ Sense of Touch is how a pink film so deliberately abstract and ambiguous can somehow capture incredibly well repressive obsessive feelings and yearning like this. I can say very few films are able to strike at the very core of homosexual desire as Hunters, and this is a no small accomplishment for a straight filmmaker. Normally, in this type of abstract works in queer cinema (and even in previous queer works of Sato),…