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  • The Box

    ★★★

  • Fe

    ★★★★

  • Orb

    ★★

  • Inspiration

    ★★★

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  • The Box

    The Box

    ★★★

    A splendid yet practically impenetrable film, Nakajima's sophomore feature sees five characters involving themselves in Sisyphian distress to conserve an authentic balance between life, science and nature. "The Box" breaks down borders between the natural and the artificial and creates an unique, nearly lifeless space in the middle.

    The movie's lo-fi monochrome, science fiction components and Nakajima's recognized proficiency over post-apocalyptic landscapes are vital to its storytelling success. However, the most remarkable feature is the terrific score, also created by…

  • Fe

    Fe

    ★★★★

    One of my favourite pieces of poetry is Ghora (Horse) by Jibonananda Das¹. Never has a film made me speculate the grace of the poem as much as "Fe". Nakajima Kanji's debut feature concerns four extraordinary characters (played beautifully by the respective actors, especially the child) in a post-apocalyptic world where the disparity between metal and blood is uncertain. "Fe" is more Sokurov than Tarkovsky and more Terayama than Tsukamoto. It has a reptilian coldness to its atmosphere yet hope…

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  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★

    Based on "In The Grove" and "Rashomon," two short stories by Akutagawa Ryonosuke.

    "War, earthquake, winds, fire, famine, the plague. Year after year, it's been nothing but disasters. And bandits descend upon us every night. I've seen so many men getting killed like insects, but even I have never heard a story as horrible as this. Yes. So horrible. This time, I may finally lose my faith in the human soul. It's worse than bandits, the plague, famine, fire or…

  • The Steamroller and the Violin

    The Steamroller and the Violin

    ★★★

    Tarkovsky's neorealist featurette focuses on a combination of reality and imagination, a medley he would continue churning till the end of his career. It is a spirited debut: ambitious and full of cathartic junctures, primarily born out of the child's unspoken need to find a father figure, a topic observed within a tight temporal scale.

    Even as a student, Tarkovsky reveals a proficiency in creating unforgettable moments: the mirror sequence, the spectacular demolition of the building and the dreamy conclusion.…