Kensuke Sonomura’s feature directing debut, Hydra, is still circulating select film events and screenings. The Coronavirus outbreak may be a factor in its present movement for the time being, but I do know it has a screening pending in Spain last I heard.
At any rate, while peddling this amazing thriller to other critics and bloggers for some coverage, I was able to pique the interest of my friends Therese Chen and Takashi Hara in Australia at Silver Harvest who’ve since unveiled both parts of their long-awaited interview with Sonomura-san, and the film’s star, Masanori Mimoto.
The film really is a blast being such a concentrated, lo-fi independent actioner. The reactions are very much mixed from those who I know of have seen it given the varying tastes between most fans. I loved the film, and I’m not just saying because I’m friends with both Sonomura and Mimoto.
There isn’t a release plan just yet here for the states that I know of, but I’m thinking either Well Go USA’s Hi-YAH network or maybe even Shudder or Tubi might be best. Time will tell.
Enjoy the interview in both parts below, and learn what I know from this dynamic duo. And of course, keep an eye on our homepage for what’s in store with Chen and Hara-san’s own adventures in cinema.