This tale of a returning Japanese war hero comes within inches of being a gripping and insightful look at domestic sexual politics as well the unique role of women and the homefront in Japan’s war effort. And then there is an epic fumble in the last thirty minutes. Previous scenes of questionable music cues are made inexcusable by bombastic editing, sound design and flashback. A quiet, dark tale trades in its drama for a cheesy exploitation thrills, but isn’t “fucked up” enough to delight that audience either.
June 1, 2013
January 10, 2007
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.