Kite ★★★

Feels more polished and more like an actual finished project when compared to Mezzo Forte but god damn is it nasty. The censored version would probably feel like an entirely different film. I prefer Mezzo's lighthearted tone but there's plenty to appreciate here as well, all of which are already present in Mezzo but what sets this apart is how the lighting is emphasized in this, not just for locations and faces but tiny details such as the glitter on earrings and the shimmer on spent shell casings, etc. I love it a lot. I've seen two of Umetsu's work now and the conclusion here is that he really has a thing for goofy physics and exploding body parts.

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