EIFF 2016: ‘Ken and Kazu’ ★★★

Ken and Kazu is a slow-to-boil Japanese crime thriller from writer-director Hiroshi Shoji that shows momentary glimpses of genuine promise without ever bubbling over or really gripping a viewer as it should. A feature length debut extension of Shoji’s 2011 short of the same name, the film makes its UK premiere under the World Perspectives strand at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016. It is unfortunate that its pacing and overall impact fall victim to the same kind of plodding indecision as demonstrated by the eponymous partners in crime.

Ken and Kazu made its UK premiere at EIFF 2016 – read the full review here!