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Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha)2018

Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Before We Vanish finds Kiyoshi Kurosawa working within well-established genre guidelines to take a poignant, surprisingly sincere look at the human condition.

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In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence - good, evil, property, family, belonging - leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs - and the value of the human spirit.

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Critic Reviews for Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha)

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As an experiment in blending the minute character observations of Kurosawa's dramas into a pure genre plot, Before We Vanish does succeed.

February 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a quirky hybrid of a film that mostly works, thanks to some fine performances and by a script to goes in unexpected directions.

February 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An unsettling, and sometimes high-concept doodle, but it's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.

February 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although a tighter cut of the 130-minute Before We Vanish would likely be an improvement, it might lose this version's intriguing asides.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…
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The movie plods and meanders through an overly-familiar narrative on its way to a half-baked and uneven conclusion.

February 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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