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"Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite." 
  - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Original Article

"The sensation of the Berlinale" 
"A grandiose introduction to the Japanese mentality"
  - Andreas Platthaus, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
Original Article in German
English Translation

"A parody profiling the fascinating personality of its hero" 
  - Thomas Sotinel, Le Monde, France
Original Article in French
English Translation

"CAMPAIGN is the very best kind of Direct Cinema." 
"Despite its tragic protagonist, CAMPAIGN just may be  
the funniest film in the Forum."
  - Silvia Hallensleben, Der Tagesspiege, Germany
Original Article in German
English Translation

"Rarely has a film achieved such an intimate view  
of the political process." 
  - Bert Rebhandl, Die Tageszeitung, Germany
Original Article in German

"CAMPAIGN, in 120 entertaining minutes,  
gives us an effortless inside look at 'J-Democracy' (Japanese Democracy)." 
  -Florian G., Stern Magazine, Germany
Original Article in German
English Translation

"The lack of preparation was a blessing in disguise for this film.  
The camera is relentlessly close to its subject--nothing is directed." 
  - Christoph Mayerl, Perlentaucher.de

"CAMPAIGN is a crash course on Japanese politics." 
  - Christian Westheide, Festival Blog Berlinale 2007

"Soda delivers an ingenious and intense portrait-- 
not only of Japan's election campaign process, but of its culture and society as well. 
  - Fabio Fusco, Cinema Zone, Italy

"One of those rare treasures that is both frightening and funny at the same time." 
  - Lanacion.com

CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) is a behind the scenes look at a political campaign 
that is uniquely Japanese, but also, somehow, UNIVERSAL. It's SMART, 
FUNNY and SUSPENSEFUL-- part Lost in Translation and part The War Room.
  - Marshall Curry, Oscar Nominated Director of STREET FIGHT

I learned more from your doc about Japan than all the Kurosawa films 
I've seen combined.
- David B. Carren, Writer of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION TM

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.  It is FUNNY and INSIGHTFUL 
and really captures the senkyo (campaign) mood. Congratulations!
- Gerald Curtis, Author of ELECTION CAMPAIGNING JAPANESE STYLE
Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University


In this film, a campaign for a single seat in the city council 
becomes a microcosm of Japanese canvassing politics as whole. 
Following behind the scenes, the camera--amazingly--captures the 
essence of Japanese society, while maintaining a comfortable 
distance--neither too close nor too far away. This "direct cinema" is 
especially successful because its director, Kazuhiro Soda, who lives 
in the United States, examines a quintessential Japanese 
organization, the Liberal Democratic Party, from the point of view of 
an outsider. Indeed it is this that makes this movie so UNIQUE and NEW.
- Sato Makoto, Award Winning Director of LIVING ON THE RIVER AGANO

First feature docu by Gotham-based filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda 
is a wry, fly-on-the-wall look at local politics, Japanese style --  
and in particular, the mighty machine of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. 
The result is an insightful, ironic portrait of campaigning at street level. 
- Derek Elley, Variety

CAMPAIGN allows us to look deep into the inner life of Japanese politics. 
- Christoph Terhechte, Director of Forum section, Berlin Film Festival Read the whole note

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