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— by Clint Worthington: Kai (Hideki Nagai) makes no mark on the world, except for the marks he makes — or rather, removes — from others. A silent, quiet man with implicit discomfort around women, he spends his days in his father’s photography studio, meticulously retouching photos of his clients until they reach the antiseptic, clean-cut beauty of their own self-perception. But he’s disrupted in that routine by the arrival of Kyoko (Hsuki Otaki), a beautiful young social media influencer whom he finds injured in the woods. And as Takeshi Kushida‘s Woman of the Photographs tracks the ways these two change and influence each other, a curious dance around identity, depencency, and the projection of the self starts to form…

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