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Yasukuni Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The film is visually compelling, but suffers because [director] Li fails to put events into context, a fact likely to confuse viewers not versed in Japanese history.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 14, 2009
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

Writer-director Li Ying should be commended for the complexity he's given a subject as controversial as the Yasukuni shrine.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 10, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Yasukuni addresses a passionately contested snarl of issues with a calm, nuanced ethical curiosity.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Directed by Chinese filmmaker Li Ying, it's an impressionistic documentary that concentrates on the Yasukuni shrine, a Japanese religious memorial to soldiers who died for the emperor.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2009
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

It's impossible to watch Ying's film and not think of our own monuments towards heroism, which also come at the expense of blood

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The film is a trying yet worthwhile sit, not only for the information it relates, but for the sensations it elicits.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
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The documentary's cultural impact is lost in translation -- Yasukuni initially had trouble getting shown at all in Japan -- but the skill of the enterprise isn't.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 11, 2009
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

A fascinating portrait of the dark side of Japanese society, Ying Li's film is not so much about Japan's shrine to its war dead as it is an indictment of Japan's wartime aggression.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 11, 2009
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