The Art of B’s review published on Letterboxd:
Vital plays out like an odd/off-beat drama; its tender and somber. This film is not transgressive like Shinya's previous films and it does not delve into the macabre as I was thinking it would.
Hiroshi wakes up from a coma after being in a car accident. He has lost his memory but his medical studies are the first thing to come back. It is also revealed that his girlfriend died in the car accident. As Hiroshi continues his medical studies; in the cadaver class Hiroshi gets his girlfriends body to dissect.
Similar to Bullet Ballet, Vital exams the themes of grief and loss but this is more tender and less transgressive, yet still interesting.