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Face (2000)

Kao (original title)
With no parents left to keep the peace and order two sisters, who could not be any more different, allow their frustrations and animosity to come to a head. What ensues is funny, tragic and offbeat.

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Credited cast:
Naomi Fujiyama ...
Masako Yoshimura
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Hiroyuki Nakagami
Michiyo Ohkusu ...
Ritsuko Nakagami
Riho Makise ...
Yukari Yoshimura
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Kenta Kariyama
Kanzaburô Nakamura ...
Toshirô Yamamoto (as Kankurô Nakamura)
Misako Watanabe ...
Mrs Yoshimura
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Eiichi Hanada
Kôichi Satô ...
Akira Ikeda
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Ai Saotome ...
Sakiko Kariyama
Hajime Tsukumo ...
Train Conductor
Shungiku Uchida ...
Coffee Shop Woman
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With no parents left to keep the peace and order two sisters, who could not be any more different, allow their frustrations and animosity to come to a head. What ensues is funny, tragic and offbeat.

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Unique and powerful
19 August 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A woman has two daughters who couldn't be more different - Yukari is slim, attractive and popular whilst Masako is frumpy, clumsy and reclusive. When their mother dies the two sisters fight, and Masako kills her sibling. She goes 'on the run'... which is quite a challenge for somebody who has barely left home her whole life, and has rarely had to deal with other people.

Junji Sukamoto's film is an offbeat exploration of a type of person who doesn't often get attention, cinematic or otherwise. Something like a road movie which leads to fascinating and unpredictable places, it is a quite unique and powerful piece of work. It's sometimes very funny, sometimes very sweet, sometimes rather rough and sometimes quite disturbing. Fantastic acting by the lead actress Naomi Fujiyama carries it wherever director Junji Sakamoto decides it should go.


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