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381 Ratings



Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
United States, Japan, 2007


Can a candidate with no political experience win an election if he is backed by Prime Minister Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party? This cinema-verite documentary closely follows a heated election campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, revealing the true nature of “democracy”.

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Campaign Directed by Kazuhiro Soda

Critics reviews

Mr. Soda uses tried-and-true fly-on-the-wall techniques to create a real-life satire. “Campaign” may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinéma vérité.
April 07, 2008
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What are people saying?

  • Dlse Wily's rating of the film Campaign

    Une approche différente du documentaire japonais avec ses effets comiques face à une réalité rigide.

  • saltwater's rating of the film Campaign

    Without giving too much away, this is a fantastic insight into Japanese politics. Yamauchi provides plenty to think about in terms of party, influence, and competency. I found the small insights into his personal life revealing, like a snapshot of a messy, tiny apartment or snippets of an argument with his wife.

  • Katya Kazbek's rating of the film Campaign

    The man running the campaign is Kazuhiro Yamauchi, a young, naive aspiring politician who represents the ruling Liberal Democratic Party while using its many resources to conform to the rather odd campaigning rules that exist in the country. Mind you, he is no Ocasio-Cortez, but he is an odd, well-meaning guy who never fits in, a type just as important for our current zeitgeist because, well, aren’t we all?

  • Renton47's rating of the film Campaign

    It's not only because Australia just elected a further three years with a defiantly hateful right-wing administration that I failed to see the hopefulness that many others allude to in reviews. I will go so far as to say that Yamauchi comes across as rather pathetic. The campaigning is relentless & without the graceful moments of Soda's subsequent work; it adeptly shows that grassroots democracy looks depressing.

  • Carlos Pineda's rating of the film Campaign

    (3.5) Aunque es un poco reiterativo, llama la atención que develen la ingenuidad de un candidato, que permitan las críticas de diversa índole, con una mirada desprejuiciada. La casi incapacidad de presentar propuestas concretas ante la sagacidad de aquellos políticos experimentados hace que, la imagen de ese personaje sea tan particular y valioso para un espectador que conoce poco de esa sociedad.

  • Seesaw's rating of the film Campaign

    Soda directs that camera towards the figure. The state of directing reveals the attitude of the camera holder which Soda himself obey at the figure and show us the miracles of ordinary life.

  • Korial's rating of the film Campaign

    Imo, Campaign is best understood if seen closely to Campaign 2. Together, they appear as a masterful character study showing the evolution of a simple man's idea of politics and society, as well as the conservationism and degeneration (or secularization) of democratic systems. Yamauchi is a sort of prototype, the naive man whose conscience awakens from the turbid dream of a doomed society.

  • nica's rating of the film Campaign

    Apologies in advanced for referencing a US television show, but this was like a Veep season, except more intriguing since it is real life. I am so curious that there’s Campaign 2, excited and further intrigued by what it may contain.

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