Rotterdam International Film Festival 2021
Moscow International Film Festival 2021
Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival 2021
Manami Hashimoto, Ryô Ikeda, Mukau Nakamura, Honami Satô, Tateto Serizawa
Gather ‘round for three steamy stories of food and sex, all of which are prompted by a mysterious host (the inimitable Tateto Serizawa of FUKU CHAN OF FUKU-FUKU FLATS), armed with nothing but a bagful of shameful secrets and an incongruous box of chestnut to give his unsuspecting victims! Whether a married designer who worries about a sexless life and his natto (fermented soybean) obsessed wife; an office worker, who turns to the fiery depths of mapo tofu as the entry point to her fetishes; or an advertising agent who ponders whether or not end the relationship with her lover in front of a steamy bowl of extra-fatty pork ramen… All will discovers things they didn’t suspect about their sexual lives…
New-school pinku maestro Kôta Yoshida returns with what is perhaps his most provocative film yet: a pinku (erotic film) featuring absolutely no sex at all! Indeed, SEXUAL DRIVE proves most fascinating as an exaggeration of pink cinema’s usual pornographic playbook – which is usually predicated on a series of requirements for its directors to fulfill – while revealing just how powerful suspense, suggestion and innuendo can be when positioned at the crossroads of food, sex, hunger, and libido. With its typically brisk running time, requisite erotic content and vicious unraveling of domestic life, SEXUAL DRIVE unfolds like a tongue-in-cheek subversion of audience’s expectations for the genre, while managing to leave a viewer aroused, perhaps even salivating... shall we say, intellectually and otherwise. – Ariel Esteban Cayer
Winning praise from Martin Scorsese, HAN GONG-JU verges on perfection. It’s impossible to remain unmoved by this drama, as relevant as it is powerful.
The legendary Koji Yakusho delivers one of his most moving performances in this repentant yakuza drama by Miwa Nishikawa.
A masterful film with a phenomenal actress, using the codes of the boxing drama to deliver a moving, powerful and hopeful work.