Shinji disappears for a few days, then returns home but is not at all like his old self. The once-boorish husband has suddenly become a friendly human being who is interested in his spouse and his surroundings. In another part of the city, a determined journalist named Sakurai comes across mysterious, puzzling clues as he investigates the brutal murder of a family. The protagonists of both these stories discover that aliens from outer space are behind the strange events that they are involved in. And they certainly do not come in peace. Kiyoshi Kurosawa is known for using clichés from a variety of genres. Before We Vanish is a fantasy film that feels like classic, old-fashioned cinema from the 1950s and 1960s. Despite this, there are certainly more elements that have a valued place in this modern sci-fi flick. Instead of making a flashy spectacle, Kurosawa creates a universal portrait of humanity in the face of extermination-with a profound, humanistic message and philosophical reflections.
Born in 1955, Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa made his debut over 30 years ago, but his work only gained international interest in the 1990s. His films-which are impossible to attribute to any particular aesthetic or genre-have been regular guests at film festivals throughout the world, including at Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and Tokyo, where his success has made him one of the most awarded directors from this part of Asia.
1998 Ścieżka Węża / Serpent's Path / Hebi no michi
2001 Puls / Pulse / Kairo
2002 Świetlana Przyszłość / Bright Future / Akarui mirai
2008 Tokijska Sonata / Tokyo Sonata
2015 Journey to the Shore / Kishibe no tabi
2017 Zanim znikniemy / Before We Vanish / Sanpo suru shinryakusha