"AFTER THE APOCALYPSE" by Mike White Cashiers du Cinemart, Issue 14 November, 2004
I've always been a big fan of post-apocalyptic cinema. From Ranald MacDougalls THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL to Geoph Murphy's THE QUIET EARTH, I've seen my share of films starring a handful of folks traipsing through barren environments. I can say without hesitation, then, that AFTER THE APOCALYPSE is finest entries into genre. Similar to Luc Besson's dialogue-free THE LAST BATTLE/LE DERNIER COMBAT, Yasuaki Nakajima's film tells its story without the talk and conveys its quiet beauty via beautiful black white cinematography.
In AFTER THE APOCALYPSE we follow a man (write/director Nakajima) as he travels the desolate cityscape. He becomes the third wheel in a love triangle until sickness comes to his aid. allowing him and his pregnant woman (Jacqueline Bowman) to try and make it as the world's first nuclear family during Nuclear Winter.
At 72-minutes, AFTER THE APOCALYPSE might still feel too long for impatient viewers. Luckily, I found the filmmaker's minimalist approach hypnotic.