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Nobuyoshi Araki is Japan's most famous and notorious photographer. In a culture where complete female nudity is frowned upon even in men's magazines, Araki has been acclaimed and condemned for his photo books and exhibitions which usually focus upon women, usually nude and often in bold (and sometimes disturbing) poses. While he has been decried as a pornographer and a misogynist in his homeland, many others regard him as singular voice in the photographic arena, and many of the women who work with him have spoke of his sincere love and respect for them. Arakimentari is a film by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Uncritical as the movie is, it's a pity no one's hip to the possibility that he's endlessly repeating his greatest work of the 1980s."
‑ Edward Crouse, Village Voice
"More of a sketch than a fully developed portrait, Arakimentari is an up-close and generally impersonal introduction to the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Viewers are left to draw their own conclusions, which inevitably will be colored by individual reactions to unabashed frontal nudity."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Araki's pictures can be stunningly beautiful, sensuously arousing, frighteningly shocking or downright weird. Arakimentari is like that too."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"It would have helped if Araki's critics had more of a say."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Klose brilliantly captures Araki's spirit, both through his personality and his work."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Illuminating, if not exactly edifying."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Offers a fast, efficient and richly satisfying look at an iconoclastic artist and his groundbreaking work."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"If Araki is a genius, you get the sense that somewhat might ought to explain why."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Filmmaker Travis Klose does his best to showcase Araki, a man who he obviously admires, in the best light possible and he succeeds."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
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