Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015)
Critic Reviews for Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi)
Fans of Kurosawa's earlier psycho-thrillers may desire more eeriness and visual panache, but those who've accepted the helmer's conscious change of tune and pace should be gently touched.
While admirers of the director's work might sit still for the glacial pacing, the overlong film becomes steadily less involving after a promising setup, trading mystery for a sentimental vein fed by its sudsy romantic score.
The lax pace and tone become so diffuse and diaphanous that the finer points of its story are obscured.
It's an intriguingly different take on the supernatural, with Eri Fukatsu and Tadanobu Asano appealing as the leads, but Kurosawa draws it out to the point of tedium. An overemphatic score doesn't help either.
The cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa ensures that their vacation is always lovely to behold, but almost everything else about this odd, elliptical drama is frustrating.
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