A woman’s face disappearing behind, and emerging from, a pair of hands. Flashing lights. An empty building full of dark hallways. Designs drawn in the air with light and long-exposure cinematography. These elements—combined with a pulsating noise soundtrack—are all Takashi Ito needs to create Thunder, letting loose his camera’s jagged perspective in an enigmatic environment. The Japanese filmmaker opens up the space for exploration, but its atmosphere is almost antagonistic. While it might not be apt to go as far as deeming it an audiovisual assault, the film’s stunning immediacy and abrasive aesthetic make it downright arresting.

See our posts about other Ito work here and here.