Passion (Blu-Ray)

Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 16th, 2023

It’s a genuinely rewarding experience when you find a new director that you find intriguing.  Mostly because as the consumer, it’s then a research project to find everything that person has ever done and then dissect which films you can go find to watch immediately.  When I watched Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, I had that experience instantly.  I wanted to see more of Rysuke Hamaguchi’s films.  So I bought a Criterion Blu-ray copy of Drive My Car back in July.  Shortly after that, I saw that his student film, Passion, was going to be released by Film Movement on Blu-ray, and I was eager to get a copy.  Luckily, I didn’t have to wait too long, because the opportunity to review presented itself even before the release date.  Let’s dive into this film and see the early workings of a true master of the conversation.

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