Imagery carries "After the Apocalypse"
by Chris CastilloPort Arthur News
March, 2004

    This black and white post-apocalyptic feature by Yasuaki Nakajima follows a handful of survivors after the third world war leaves mankind devastated. Love, drama and family are put to the test in a world were cell phones and computers don't exist.

   The stylizes indie feature, with its museum-quality drawings and childlike sketches, shows how individuals learn to live alone in a world where communication is limited to grunts. Water, food and companionship are all scarce and human contact is rare.

   This official selection of the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival offers vibrant imagery and captivating camera work. Nakajima wrote, directed, edited and produced this memorable and at times gross portrait of life "After the Apocalypse."

   Viewers with weak constitutions may want to shut their eyes for the campfire scene. Instead of cooking marshmallows or hot dogs, these survivors cook up a human arm for grub. It's disgusting indeed, specifically when you aren't expecting an art house film to go cannibalistic.
Chris Castillo is a founder of the Spindletop/Lamar University Film Festival. His column on indie films and DVD reviews appears in The News every Sunday.