In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure) reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones.
Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema’s most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.
2018. 129 mins. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Friday, March 9 – 2pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 10 – 7:30pm, 10:30pm
Sunday, March 11 – 7:30pm
Monday, March 12 – 2pm, 4:45pm
Tuesday, March 13 – 2pm, 4:45pm
Wednesday, March 14 – 2pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm
Thursday, March 15 – 2pm, 4:45pm, 10pm
“A sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“Part ghost story, goofy comedy, marital melodrama, rebel youth film, action movie and sci-fi – all immensely fun and impeccably made.” – Daniel Kasman, MUBI
“★★★★. You won’t see anything else quite like it this year.” – Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com