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Sujit R. Varma
Visually, this film ranks with those of classic Japanese directors to a degree one rarely encounters today.
Every shot is a gem that reinforces the tight sterile world the characters inhabit.
The film narrative is a comment on the materialist obsessions of Japanese life, as well as the exclusion of the Japanese aesthetic--deriving from both Japanese fascism and the influence of Western culture.
I would certainly like to see more of Jun Ichikawa's films made available on video.
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