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The end of the world as we know it,
This review is from: The Sun's Burial [DVD] (DVD)
The image of a blood red sun slowly dropping from the sky dominates this film, it is in tandem with the decline of the central characters into immoral survival. Post war Japan is shown here as a post apocolyptic wasteland where everything is a commodity, something to be sold in an attempt to live and eat another day. One character continually laments the end of the Japanese empire and predicts a resurrection of the vanishing culture and rules which he felt gave the country strength. The loss of face seems more important than lives. This film shows a shamed Japan.
Even those things most dear are hawked. Women, identity, even blood. The strongest and most immoral thrive while those with weakness or concience stumble and fall. The message is most definitely cynical and no real ray of light manages to break through.
The performances are outstanding, the imagery beautiful and shocking at the same time, and so very symbolic. This is less sureal than some Oshima, a good place to start, if you are strong.