AFTER THE APOCALYPSE
by Ling Ma
TIME OUT CHICAGO
March 31 , 2005
 

More original is Yasuaki Nakajima’s After the Apocalypse, a stark, eerie film set after the third world war. The five speechless survivors wander the wreckage, and a competition soon develops for the sole surviving woman. With its language pacing and silent-film aesthetic, Apocalypse is more philosophical meditation than futuristic sci-fi.


Like the best films of the Asian American Showcase, Apocalypse is influenced by the same established cinematic genres that it challenges. Thankfully, movies like this make ethnicity-based film festivals more than just an exercise in political correctectnss.