Short Film Review: Visitors (2021) by Kenichi Ugana

Having already a succesful run in a plethora of festivals in Europe and the US together with Fantasporto and Slamdance, “Guests” is one other work by Kenichi Ugana that highlights his command of the medium, significantly in style paths.

“Guests” overview is a part of the Submit Your Movie Initiative

Haruka, Nana, and Takanori go to the home of Sota, a band member who has not given any signal of life for fairly a while. The home seems to be significantly run-down with newspapers masking each window, whereas Sota appears much more unusual, wanting a multitude and performing like nothing is happening. As he calmly presents them tea, one of many ladies steps right into a inexperienced goo and transforms right into a head-spinning, bloodthirsty demon.

Kenichi Ugana “performs” with two elements. The primary one focuses on hikikomori, with Sota performing like an archetypical one, in a style, although, that’s the foremost supply of comedy within the brief, as his disconnect from what is occurring round him is definitely hilarious, significantly in means Ugana makes use of his presence for jump-scares. The second is the survival horror one, with the director constructing the phobia regularly, first solely by means of sound, after which by means of each sound and picture, because the film takes a slightly bloody, but in addition absurd and nonetheless humorous flip.

In that style, the job executed within the technical facet of the film is prime notch, with Yusuke Mogi’s sound, Masashi Komino’s modifying, and most of all, Miyuki Wakamatsu’s VFX, leading to a sequence of actually memorable, slightly grotesque scenes, with the rotating head, the top on the leg, the chainsaw, and the repeated hits virtually each character concerned takes, being a real pleasure to observe.

Lastly, the finale cements the entire strategy Ugana applied right here in one of the best style, with Shiho ending the film in probably the most becoming means.

“Guests” is a superb horror brief, among the best we have now seen throughout the previous few years, and yet one more testomony to Ugana’s directorial talents.



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