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½ June 7, 2017
One of Imamuru's earlier films, A Man Vanishes is fascinating in its first hour, loses its viewer in the next 45 minutes, and grips him again in the last 23 with its bitingly satiric representation of the media.
½ March 30, 2014
This is an intriguing experiment exploring the nature of truth in documentary that loses its way towards the end.
June 28, 2012
It starts as a documentary about a search for a missing person, who vanished 2 years ago, and the filmmaker's search for answers. During the search, the ex-fiancee of the man in search becomes obsessed with the camera and being in front of it, actors are brought in for recreation, hidden audio recordings and surveillance filmmaking become a morality question of privacy. But do we ever get an answer to what happened? Definitely not, but the process becomes a question of how much manipulation can be done with the involvement of media and cameras.
Super Reviewer
April 6, 2012
a pretty fascinating experimental film that starts as a documentary and becomes something else. imamura sets out to investigate one of the thousands of missing persons cases that occur in japan each year by interviewing friends, family and co-workers. i can't help having a suspicion he got a bit bored when this line of inquiry seemed to lead nowhere and wanted to inject some drama into the film, leading to something much more interesting...
½ November 3, 2007
I loved how this documentary changed over the its course to whatever the people in it wanted it to be. In search for truth in a documentary may lead away from it. Or so says Imamura. 'Are we shooting fiction or documentary?' So asks the one of the crew members.
September 1, 2007
Not only does this film have a theme, but it also spends at least forty minutes to an hour--and if it wasn't that long, it sure as hell felt like it--explaining it, and then repeating it, and then rerepeating it, and then rererepeating it. One of the most annoying non-documentaries I've ever had the misfortune to sit through.
August 14, 2007
Beautifully shot and quite tense and gripping at times. Sort of reminiscent of "Close Up" and "F for Fake" but really its own unique film that is worth more than its gimmick.
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