dir. Shinji Aoyama
world premiere 2000
U.S. release 2001


Because no matter how many films grappled with the slow, crawling process of recovering from traumatic experience—and sadly, the decade kept ratifying the relevance of that theme—few films made the catastrophe as well as the aftermath as memorable as this one did. Among its greatest assets are its unusual palette and extraordinary length, though it's hypnotic from end to end.