Zëiram's at its absolute best when it fully commits to the body horror tokusatsu spectacle and sci-fi bounty hunter nonsense, and at its worst when it dares to drive the focus away from those and its amazing heroine / terrifying villain, instead spending an unecessary amount of time with other characters. Still, the impressive special effects, inspired costume design, and an incredible creature design in particular make up for all of its flaws. Should've been the lenght of an OVA, though.
A collection of short segments that seem to encompass most of Ishii's sensibilities post 1980's and the many things to come in his career; from the explorations of urban alienation and human interaction of Labyrinth of Dreams and the questions about our identity of Mirrored Mind, to the psychological analysis bathed in soft greens of Angel Dust and the meditative contemplation of our place in humanity, the world and the universe of August in the Water, all compacted into this…
Originally a music video made to be played during live performances of Sōgo Ishii and the Bacillus Army, this still serves as a short showcase of Ishii's tremendous skill and ingenuity as a filmmaker; it's basically Scanners as conceived by someone who was born shortly after the war in a country that lived first-hand its devastating effects, and who also just happened to be heavily involved with its blooming 1980's punk scene, paving the way for all kind of psychic…
Eroticism as both an escape and an oppresive force, an answer to the chaotic state of a violent nation.
It's been talked about to death, so I'd like to bring another perspective. The impact Sada Abe and the incident depicted in the film's ending in particular had not just on Japanese popular culture and art but to the nation as a whole cannot be understated; the incident and Sada's story ignited the flame of a nation that, at the very…