AFTER THE APOCALYPSE
by Jef Castro
Entertainment Weekly
July, 2004
 

"We do not know their names, we do not hear their voices, yet we are magnetically drawn into the dark and beautiful world of After the Apocalypse. What we do know is limited. Due to hazardous environmental conditions, speaking is not possible and food is scarce. Four men and one woman have survived. This is humanity at its most animalistic and desperate. Yasuaki Nakajima's feature debut is a triumph of independent filmmaking. He presents humanity in a post urban vacuum, all without the use of dialogue. Gestures and movement articulate universal communication among strangers who must discover what comes next. The vital use of sound is handled so perfectly and deliberately that one almost recalls hearing actual conversations. Nakajima accomplishes a cinematic feat that few could pull off with such success"

 

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