Sean Baker’s review published on Letterboxd:
This film had a strange effect on me. It grew on me, winning me over more and more with every scene. Ultimately, I love it and feel it's one of the strongest of the year. See it on the big screen. Watching with an engaged audience last night was quite an experience.
I knew Sakura Andô was star material when I first saw her in Sion Sono's Love Exposure. She rocks in this.
It looks great. Shot primarily on 35mm. I assume the night exteriors are Alexa Mini.
Arri Alexa Mini, Leica Summicron-C and Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Arricam ST, Canon K-35, Leica Summicron-C, Zeiss Ultra Prime, Fujinon Alura and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Arriflex 535B, Canon K-35, Leica Summicron-C, Zeiss Ultra Prime, Fujinon Alura and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
It is the first Japanese Palme d'Or-winner since The Eel in 1997.