For its topic matter, “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction” is a magnificent story, featuring quite a few achieved and intriguing actors, and employing these to bring life to the globe of magazine editing. Director Daihachi Yoshida does so with a mix of drama and comedy, creating for a surprisingly entertaining film.
“The Fangs of Fiction” is screening at Toronto Japanese Film Festival
1 of the numerous films delayed due to COVID-19, “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction” facts the story of a Japanese magazine in existing occasions, exactly where numerous of them, such as this a single, are on the brink of collapse. Teruya Hayami (Yo Oizumi) is tasked to operate on a single magazine, Trinity, to hold it afloat and make it flourish after once more. By employing innovating techniques, some of which extremely risky, he, with the support of young and passionate Megumi Takano (Mayu Matsuoka), tries to do anything in his capacity to make positive the magazine does as properly as it can.
Primarily based on a novel by Takeshi Shiota and written by Shiota and Ihiro Kusuno, “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction” is a film complete of endearing characters that are enjoyable to comply with about. Its narrative is energetic and entertaining,  full of modest twists and turns, regularly maintaining you on your feet and entertained. Exactly where its topic matter of the Japanese literary globe may possibly not catch everyone’s interest, the film does a good job at creating you care about the business, whilst teaching you some of its intricacies along the way.
It is also really properly place-collectively. Its score, consisting largely of guitar riffs, base, and drums, is just as energetic as the complete film is, and it adds to the entertaining. The editing and cinematography are each also above typical, maintaining up with the rapid pace and adding colour and excitement. The film’s stacked cast, with numerous identified names like Yo Oizumi, Mayu Matsuoka, Koichi Sato, Lily Franky, Takumi Saitoh and Satomi Kobayashi, all execute really properly. Exactly where some have smaller sized roles and handle to add some shine to the film, other individuals, like major characters Oizumi and Matsuoka, shine all through. Oizumi appears tailor-created to his part as the shallow but rapid-considering Akira, and it turns out he was. The Novel the film is primarily based on was written with Oizumi in thoughts as the major character, and the film shows as substantially. Nonetheless, Matsuoka is equally good as the quirky but sincere Megumi, creating the part her personal, and adding the required charm and emotion to the film.
Exactly where the film could have been substantially smaller sized, the director alternatively chose to make it this fantastical tale, placing tension and entertainment to the forefront alternatively of the emotional drama it could’ve also lent itself to. This tends to make “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction” a surprisingly approachable title, highlighting a globe that most motion pictures in no way deal with, creating the film really feel refreshing and new.