Saturday, August 5, 2023

From the End of the World (2023) Japan Cuts 2023

Kazuaki Kiriya's first film in almost a decade is the story of a young girl named Hana who may have the power to save the world which is due to end in two weeks. It seems she has the ability to alter the books of destiny by her dreams, a fact some forces don't want to happen.

Good looking film with a lot of pretensions, I'm not sure if any of this works. Sure the ideas are good, having been used in other similar films. The trouble is the way the pieces are assembled doesn't add up to much, largely in that the film has left us with too many gaps to fill in. This is a film that seems to be asking us to believe a great deal, not the least of which is why did the people trying to stop the end of the world they knew was coming, until two weeks before the end?

Alternately interesting and ponderous my feelings came and went depending on whether we were in a moment where things were happening or a moment where "deep" ideas were being discussed.

Perhaps this might have been more interesting if Hana wasn't on the verge of tears at every minutte.

A miss

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