After the Apocalypse

There's a scene early in "After the Apocalypse" when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who's also pic's writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself.

With:
With: Jacqueline Bowman, Zorikh Lequidre, Oscar Lowe, Moises Morales, Yasuaki Nakajima.

There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, no-budget indie takes a numbingly pretentious approach to a moldy premise — a handful of strangers interacting amid rubble in wake of WWIII.

Carolyn Macartney’s effectively stark B&W lensing is sole selling point of “Apocalypse,” which plods through a desultory storyline about characters who cross paths in a rubble-strewn cityscape. For unexplained reasons, survivors are unable to speak. But they’re quite capable of expressing themselves nonverbally, especially when nominal protagonist (Nakajima) tries to free beautiful artist (Jacqueline Bowman) from the clutches of an abusive lover (Zorikh Lequidre). An itinerant juggler (Moises Morale) and a goggled eccentric (Oscar Lowe) also figure into drama, which is hard to swallow even before Nakajima arbitrarily adds cannibalism to the mix. Buffs may be intrigued by pic’s narrative similarities to Arch Oboler’s “Five,” an atmospheric 1951 melodrama that also included a pregnant woman among its quintet of WWIII survivors.

After the Apocalypse

Production: A Medama Prods. production. Produced, directed, written, edited by Yasuaki Nakajima.

Crew: Camera (B&W, 16mm), Carolyn Macartney; music, Hiro Ota. Reviewed on DVD, Houston, March 20, 2004. (In South by Southwest Film Festival -- Emerging Visions.) Running time: 71 MIN.

With: With: Jacqueline Bowman, Zorikh Lequidre, Oscar Lowe, Moises Morales, Yasuaki Nakajima.

More Film

  • Jude Law Captain Marvel

    'Captain Marvel': Jude Law Lands Male Lead Opposite Brie Larson (EXCLUSIVE)

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

  • James Mangold Logan BTS

    'Logan' Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

  • The Florida Project IFP Gotham Awards

    IFP's Gotham Awards Give Indie Films a Boost

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

  • Jurassic World

    'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' First Footage Shows Chris Pratt Petting Baby Raptor

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

  • Ted Sarandos Harvey Weinstein

    Netflix Won't Host Golden Globes Party With Weinstein Company

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

  • lady bird saoirse ronan Lucas hedges

    Comedies Speak Truth to Power in Golden Globes Race

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

    Scooter Braun's Movie Business Expanding Well Beyond Justin Bieber

    There’s a scene early in “After the Apocalypse” when the character played by Yasuaki Nakajima, who’s also pic’s writer, producer, director and editor, discreetly masturbates. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to read the scene as symbolic of his artistic efforts on the picture itself. A textbook example of a “festival film” with zilch commercial potential, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content