After the sensational feature film debut German + Rain, which shocked Japanese film critics, Yokohama Satoko returns with her second film Bare Essence of Life, again receiving rave reviews from Japanese journalists and critics hailing “the birth of a genius director.” This extraordinary film reverses conventional values of life and death, ecology and the evolution of species. But rather than taking a futuristic approach, Yokohama operates within a seemingly archaic oral tradition. The director is critical of current trends towards an artificially engineered ecology and eco-friendly culture as mere offshoots of capitalism. However, beneath the film’s ideology, beats the tender heart of a miraculous love story. Love in this film transcends our common medical knowledge of ordinary life and death, suggesting that, nobody in love ever really dies. A unique melodrama that must be experienced to be fully understood.
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