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Up there with Kurosawa, Ozu, Naruse et. al.,
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This review is from: Love Exposure (2 discs) [DVD]  (DVD)
I normally only watch films by classic Japanese directors and don't bother with much modern Japanese cinema because it is simply flash, gory or shallow. But while this movie begins in a similar fashion, about two hours in it changes gears and becomes emotionally affecting. Yes it dwells on perversions and is as violent as Kill Bill in places but eventually it dawns on an open-minded viewer that there is a humanistic and strangely Zen-like message in its anti-utopian, iconoclastic approach to the strictures of Japanese society, family life and institutional religion. And its celebration of dysfunctionality only helps to emphasise this point. In summary, I profoundly disagree with the negative reviews posted on here. This is one of the few modern films that has the profundity and depth (though quite deliberately none of the subtlety) of Ozu, Naruse, Mizoguchi,Kurosawa,Yamanaka, Shimizu and other great Japanese auteurs of the past.