Barren Illusion

Film, Science fiction
Kurosawa's third film in a year, made with students at the Film School of Tokyo, is a dystopian sci-fi romance. In a near future in which allergies are epidemic, music producer Haru (Takeda) half-heartedly dates post office clerk and mail thief Michi (Tadano). He searches for violent ways to reactivate his life, she dreams of escaping abroad; both volunteer to test a new drug which may cause impotence. But the storyline is fragmentary and oblique, the plotting is gnomic and the pace is languid; it adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

By: TR

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Screenwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Shinji Takeda
Miako Tadano
Yutaka Yasui
Masamichi Matsumoto
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