While you watch it, you can't stop thinking whether this is something very real and serious or a portrait that 'pretends to be a social critic of the state of the world and our relationships'. The whole robotization of our thoughts and actions can lead to it: the fakiness and ilusion while we want to control our behaviour, our influence so bad and 'foresee' all the effects and consequences of it meticulously
What rescues Herzog's latest take on the irrevocable wave of simulated society, is the wise aesthetic decision to approximate documentary style. Thus, the entire Japanese cast acts as non-dramatically as possible and the camera turns to a neutral observer. Thus, uncanny imagery, as in the robot-fish aquarium, recalls Herzog at his best. Ishii is superb and the finale warmly underlines humanity's deficit of intimacy.
FNC / MTL / 2019 / Entry 8: Herzog's latest is at best very strange. The subject itself is interesting and could have been very relevant if approached with more subtlety and less "in your face" existential herzogian questions. Most of it is just accidentally laughable... Its actually very worth watching just for that robot fish scene... and that hedgehog petting scene. This is by far Herzog's worst film in decades.