Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing…

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Empire Of Passion (Ai No Borei)

BBBB (out of 5) Nagisa Oshima follows his notoriously explicit In The Realm of The Senses with a tamer but still erotic tale of sex and guilt.  The wife of a dull rickshaw driver falls into the arms of a sexy ruffian and the two become regular lovers, indulging quite passionately in the pleasures of the flesh…

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In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai No Korida)

BB.5 (out of 5) Sex is ripened to the point of banality in this endlessly carnal melodrama by Nagisa Oshima. It’s based on a true story about a married man in 1930s Tokyo who leaves his home and wife to begin a passionate, sexual affair with one of his servant girls. The two of them…

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Bright Future (Akarui Mirai)

BB.5 (out of 5) Two friends work in a factory that makes restaurant hand towels and blow their world apart when one decides to kill his boss and his boss’s entire family. The murderer’s father comes to visit after finding out that his son has been sentenced to death, staying at his apartment with the…

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