Japon 2003

Japan

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A slow-moving, visually impressive debut.

81%

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Total Count: 27

73%

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A young painter (Alejandro Ferretis), beleaguered by life, sets off in search of a place to kill himself. When he rumbles into a remote village deep in rural Mexico, he is quick to tell Ascen (Magdalena Flores), the kindly older widow who takes him in, that he intends to commit suicide. Yet, as days roll by, he finds himself drawn out of his depression and into Ascen's life by her surprising allure. Before long, her compassion and fortitude inspire the young man to give life a second chance.

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Critic Reviews for Japon

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (5)

Audience Reviews for Japon

  • May 30, 2013
    A terribly boring last journey to death. Frankly, I lacked patience with this film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2008
    Nothingness is the path to victory and in any constant public reactions,this would be the doomsday of most motion pictures.I will admit that Reygadas uses no script whatsoever,but why should i erase his ability to project a serene environment in a hostile manner?
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2007
    A breathtaking masterpiece among those that perfectly and radically separate audiences: we, the immortal, from the mortal mainstream ones, hahaha! Reygadas, in the tradition of Tarkovsky, admits that his arguments are way too complex and pretentious regarding the general perception. Nevertheless, he has tremendous guts, because, just like Tsai Ming-liang, he dares to show life through an avant-garde scope and the resulting branches are tremendous and hard-to-digest meditations on life. Japón is the perfect modern essay on society's alienation and existentialist escapisms. What is the real solution today for the one that does not find his/her place? Nothingness. Oblivion. Once or twice, even the most opulent, have been there, and once we get out of that realm, there's a temptation that pushes us to go back. All in all, Reygadas is not transmitting his message to modern generations; he is waiting for the next ones to appreciate it. That's what a genius does, and that's why geniuses are never recognized in their respective eras. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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