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Saying “I loved the cinematography” to a director about their new film is a classic insult, implying that the only thing to praise is the look since the substance is so lacking.

Photographer and director Mika Ninagawa not only invites this sort of snark about her films but positively revels in it. Beginning with her acclaimed feature debut, the 2007 period drama “Sakuran,” her offerings have been riots of visual excess, overwhelming the eye and mind. It’s easy to zone out from the sensory overload, like a dazed kid who has devoured a fruit cake.

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