Japan, 129', vo JPN, sub ENG/FRA, 16 Year
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Nagasawa Masami, Matsuda Ryûhei
After vanishing inexplicably, Shinji reappears. But
his wife no longer recognises him. Once barely bearable, he now seems like a
different person. More gentle than before, Shinji goes on walks every day and
has deep conversations with strangers. In the meantime, a family is murdered in
strange circumstances. A mood of gloom seems to spread in this small coastal
town. As the characters look for the truth, they learn that their town may be
the centre of an alien invasion.
Adapted from a play, Before We Vanish could have just been a sad imitation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Fortunately, Kurosawa Kiyoshi has many tricks up his sleeve. He unpredictably
combines disaster tropes and an intimist approach to create an original,
profound movie, punctuated with unexpectedly comical scenes. Taking cues from
the French New Wage as well as the TV show The
Leftovers, the result is one of the best sci fi allegories ever made.
After a disappointing experience with the pinku eiga genre, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, born
in 1955, made a name for himself as the leading figure of Japanese horror
cinema, with films such as Cure, Kaïro and Retribution. His career definitely took off internationally with
the deeply moving Tokyo Sonata. Now
considered one of today’s greatest auteurs,
Kurosawa has proved he could deliver rich, ground-breaking films.
2016 – Creepy
2013 – Real
2012 – Shokuzai
2008 – Tokyo Sonata
2005 – Loft
2003 – Jellyfish
2001 – Kaïro
1998 – Charisma
1997 – Cure
1996 – Door III
World sales: Wild Bunch (FR)