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Before We Vanish

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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About the Movie

In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, Before We Vanish reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Kurosawa, a prolific and skilled genre master, spins this parable with a light, nimble touch, punctuating heavy passages of exposition with punchy, modest action sequences and snatches of incongruously bouncy music. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Feb 1, 2018

Fresh: Ultimately, "Before We Vanish" serves as an inquiry into what constitutes humanity. – Maggie Lee, Variety, May 25, 2017

Fresh: Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Feb 1, 2018

Rotten: The movie plods and meanders through an overly-familiar narrative on its way to a half-baked and uneven conclusion. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Feb 1, 2018

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Expected Release: May 01, 2018

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