I think I forgot to post my thoughs.
[quote] Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Japan, 2006) â€“ 2,5/5
Miike goes arthouse, with mixed results. If you watch this with an overly cynical attitude youâ€™re bound to hate it; Miike seems to be more interested creating art than substance. Although praised as homo erotic love story by some, the psychological handling of the subject is somewhat tenuous. At the same time any other kind of characterization is completely missing. This is due to Miikeâ€™s unwillingness to take the traditional, easy path of storytelling. The attempt is ambitious, but the puzzle like structure actually takes two viewings to work (which was the case here). You still have to be able to forgive some overly pretentious scenes but if you have the will and concentration the film does deliver a lot of interesting brainwork. Visually Big Bang Love, Juvenile A, or 4.6 Billion Years of Love as the japanese title goes, is quite satisfying. Especially the lighting is used interestingly. The ending is also excellent. A slightly far out, but ultimately fitting comparison piece for the film would be Nagisha Oshimaâ€™s Gohatto (also starring Ryuhei Matsuda), which dealt with similar themes and symbolic imagery, but did it far more succesfully.[/quote]
The film is on big screen near me next weekend. If my friend wants to see it I may go, too. Miike in cinema is never a bad thing, even if the film is only average. It does keep getting an incredible amount of praise, though…