Before We Vanish

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Before We Vanish
Before We Vanish.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Written by
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Sachiko Tanaka
Music by Yusuke Hayashi
Cinematography Akiko Ashizawa
Edited by Koichi Takahashi
Distributed by
Release date
  • 21 May 2017 (2017-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 9 September 2017 (2017-09-09) (Japan)
Running time
129 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Before We Vanish (散歩する侵略者, Sanpo suru shinryakusha, lit. "Strolling Invaders") is a 2017 Japanese fantasy and science fiction film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]



On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 78%, based on 37 reviews, and an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Before We Vanish finds Kiyoshi Kurosawa working within well-established genre guidelines to take a poignant, surprisingly sincere look at the human condition."[3] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 65 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter said, "Perpetually shifting gear between playful sci-fi pastiche, quirky rom-com and apocalyptic thriller, Before We Vanish might have worked better as a single dedicated genre, but it becomes a little scrambled trying to cover several at once."[5] Meanwhile, Maggie Lee of Variety said, "Playing frequently like an absurdist political satire with only flashes of violence, this low-tension, drawn-out work won't gratify the chills or adrenaline rushes fanboys crave, but the ending strikes a romantic chord so pure that all but the most jaded cynics will be moved."[6]


  1. ^ "The 2017 Official Selection". Cannes. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, 'Twin Peaks' and More". IndieWire. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Before We Vanish (Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Before We Vanish Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  5. ^ Dalton, Stephen (22 May 2017). "'Before We Vanish': Film Review - Cannes 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ Lee, Maggie (24 May 2017). "Cannes Film Review: 'Before We Vanish'". Variety. Retrieved 17 September 2017.

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Before We Vanish on IMDb
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