, 135min, OmeU
The film <i>Enrai</i>, scripted by Arai Haruhiko, is based on a novel by Tatematsu Wahei. For this film, Director Negishi Kichitarô utilized a very unique visual style to depict the Japan of the early 1980s. This work is a prime example of an ATG film; a joint effort between Nikkatsu Studio, New Century Producers, and the Art Theatre Guild. As someone who has viewed many works of Japanese New Cinema from both major Japanese film companies and up and coming young filmmakers, I get the strong impression that the new ATG films offer a look at what real orthodox Japanese filmmaking is all about. <i>Enrai</i> is one work that offers candid proof of this.
(Shirai Yoshio, in: «Art Theatre», No. 146)