Reel Asian Review: It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve: Masao Adachi

It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve   is a portrait of 1960s Japanese New Wave filmmaker Masao Adachi, who is best known for his avant-garde films that are equal parts art and politics. The film follows him through a disconnected Japan, as he narrates about  filmmaking then and now, politics, and the human condition.

While emulating Adachi’s avant-garde style,  film critic Nicole Brenez and filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux really miss the mark on Adachi’s incredible story as an important figure in Japanese cinema. Ignorantly knowing nothing of Adachi, I really hoped to learn something of his career or life, but I finished the film to find myself empty handed.

It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve   is less homage and more self-indulgence. To be fair, I really enjoyed when Adachi spoke throughout the film, but I could have done without the superfluous and endless shots of Tokyo’s highways and crowds. The filmmakers had an opportunity to profile an amazing man, but instead they made a too literal interpretation of his words, and an inferior replica of one his films.

Is   It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve Essential Reel Asian Viewing?  

Unfortunately not. You would simply be better off reading a book about the Japanese New Wave, and then watching the actual films that emerged from that period.

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