“Motherhood”: More soap opera than psychological thriller

Ryuichi Hiroki’s reputation for productivity was already well established, but this time he’s outdone himself. The director has brought three top-notch films to Japanese theaters in three weeks, culminating in Takahiro Miki’s (Tang, Even if This Love Disappears From the World Tonight, Akira and Akira) month-long impressive series this summer .

It’s also a varied game, proving that Hiroki is in no danger of becoming predictable – although “motherhood” suggests he may be thinning.

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