Reviews of Eden of the East (2009) and related work
- Sequel: Eden of the East the Movie I: The King of Eden (2009)
- Sequel: Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost (2010)
Eden of the East (2009)
In 2010, urban Japan was inexplicably struck by a number of missiles. Just as inexplicably, there were no victims. In early 2011, another explosion coincides with the return of a young man whose last act as part of a game of competing Messianic visions was to wipe his own memory.
Action comedy. A faintly socially-conscious conspiracy thriller with a bit of romance. It’s disorganized, with a number of plot holes, and ultimately shallow in its approach to the various social problems in a way that does not prefigure the disaster at Fukushima in 2011, but it’s fun.
‣ Eden of the East the Movie I: The King of Eden (2009)
Paced, visually designed and seemingly budgeted like television, which is disappointing. Also sadly devoid of new visions for change.
‣ Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost (2010)
Continuing massive abuse of the amnesia trope, and little else. Ultimately there is no clear or coherent political conclusion, as expected, which is very sad. A little comedy, a little closure, not a lot of Paradise Lost (1667/1674).