Not one of Kitano's best. The pacing is off, and editing style expects us to jump past what should be some glaring plot holes, but the film still has his deadpan sensibilities and I like that it lacked some of his sentimentalism that he tends to pump iinto his pictures.
Old and New
Having seen all of Eisenstein's work now, I can say that this one falls into the bottom of his filmography. It's energetic and it looks pretty, but it's too long and it's tough to really care about what's going on in the film. Essentially, it's just a propaganda piece about collectivism. Watch Dovzhenko's Earth if you want a masterpiece on the subject.
That was great! I was a little hesitant about Kiarostami making a film outside of Iran, but this might be his most intricate and well thought out since Close Up. I enjoyed this a lot.