By Tracy CrockettUnspeakable Magazine
December 26 2004

After the Apocalypse (2004)

Produced, Written, Directed and Edited by YASUAKI NAKAJI

AFTER THE APOCALYPSE somewhat reminded me of a Quest for Fire type flick (in a weird way) done in a David Lynch format. Set in a bleak, post-urban landscape in the aftermath of the Third World War. Five survivors trying to make sense of a New World after a devastating urban catastrophe challenges all their human needs. It seems that this group of four men and one woman are forced to communicate to each other without speaking, because of deadly toxins in the air.

As stated before when I compare Yasuaki Nakajima’s to that of Lynch, I do so in the manner of Nakajima’s vision for showing us a world through landscapes and environmental thematic situations. With masturbations, a cannibalism and rape situation, a line has been severed and the reality sets in. Discovering sand for the first time would be an oversight to most, but is precious to the characters in this film. Nakajimas’ implementation of dramatic situations through the woman survivor, such as being alone and giving birth, in a world so messed up. To me that is just plain terrifying, I could only imagine how she must have felt..

AFTER THE APOCALYPSE is an eerie, yet beautiful film. The pure simplicity of the story flows like a cloud and really reaches the viewer. The acting was superb as each piece of the puzzle is crafted and the tensions are raised, at the hands of the actors, throwing out the script at times and showing us their own interpretations. I felt that was another huge aspect of making this such a dramatic film. And it doesn’t hurt when the one behind the helm lends his hand at the acting duties; and very well done at that. AFTER THE APOCALYPSE is a very unique and well directed film, which makes me believe there’s some great talent to keep an eye out for. AFTER THE APOCALYPSE is just a damn fine flick.