Vital ★★★½

Perhaps the most under-appreciated Tsukamoto film. It’s quite the opposite of what the director has been filming, Vital has its protagonist slowly regain his humanity (memory and empathy) rather than descending into madness. It is Tsukamoto’s most approachable and relatable film, dealing with psychotherapy, amnesia, and grief, whilst never lose his technical trademark. I nearly burst into tears in the denouement, the emotion is very much well-earned.