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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Writer-director Li Ying should be commended for the complexity he's given a subject as controversial as the Yasukuni shrine.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Yasukuni addresses a passionately contested snarl of issues with a calm, nuanced ethical curiosity.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
| Original Score: 4/5
The film is a trying yet worthwhile sit, not only for the information it relates, but for the sensations it elicits.
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.
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.