21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020

鈴木家の嘘 Lying to Mom (2018)

Still from Lying to Mom

2つ目の窓 Still the Water (2014)

Still from Still the Water

空気人形 Air Doll (2009)

Still from Air Doll

百万円と苦虫女 One Million Yen Girl (2008)

Still from One Million Yen Girl

告白 Confessions (2010)

Still from Confessions

エッシャー通りの赤いポスト Red Post on Escher Street (2020)

It was nice returning to Sono’s work after a year long break.

While this is getting a lot of comparisons to Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, I think the more interesting comparison is to Bad Film. In 2012, when it was finally released, it already represented the same gesture to a past film-making life that the character Kobayashi is seeking. The final minutes of this, too, echo the activities of Tokyo GAGAGA, the anarchist art collective Sono belonged to who served as Bad Film’s cast.

Still from Red Post on Escher Street

さくらん Sakuran (2006)

Still from Sakuran

ゆれる Sway (2006)

Still from Sway

アカルイミライ Bright Future (2003)

Still from Bright Future

バーバー吉野 Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)

Still from Yoshino's Barber Shop

ジョゼと虎と魚たち Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)

Still from Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

たそがれ清兵衛 The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Still from The Twilight Samurai

ハッシュ! Hush! (2001)

There’s a scene where a character ignores, and then gently apologizes to his partner for not listening. I can’t easily recall a film that displays the routine frictions between partners like this. It lends a genuine foundation to their relationship that so many on-screen romances lack.

Still from Hush!

The Chicken 2020

モリのいる場所 Mori, The Artist's Habitat (2018)

Still from Mori, The Artist's Habitat