AFTER THE APOCALYPSE M.G. Keller
ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS
"Yasuaki Nakajima's experimental take on a post apocalyptic scenario proves itself to be less a diatribe against the situation itself (the cause of which is never revealed and, ultimately, proves inconsequential) and more a commentary on the very basics of human nature, particularly the Darwinist laws of violence that surround courtship and mating in primitive societies. If certain works of science fiction can be said to draw exclusively from only specific sciences, then the academic in question here must certainly be anthropology. Anyone who has enjoyed the sociological essays of Howard Bloom in books such as The Lucifer Principle will definitely find something of interest in After The Apocalypse. Nakajima's choice to completely remove dialogue from the film (some scenes suggest that whatever caused the catastrophe may have also rendered speech impossible) and do the movie in pantomime recalls the 1980's neanderthal adventure Quest For Fire. The comparison is appropriate, for here we see that when humanity is reduced to little more than the savages we evolved from, it will be our primal instincts that once more rule the day"