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Face (2000)
"Kao" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 August 2000 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Naomi Fujiyama ...
Masako Yoshimura
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Hiroyuki Nakagami
Michiyo Ôkusu ...
Ritsuko Nakagami
Riho Makise ...
Yukari Yoshimura
Jun Kunimura ...
Kenta Kariyama
Kanzaburô Nakamura ...
Toshirô Yamamoto (as Kankurô Nakamura)
Misako Watanabe ...
Mrs Yoshimura
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Eiichi Hanada
Kôichi Satô ...
Akira Ikeda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ai Saotome ...
Sakiko Kariyama
Hajime Tsukumo ...
Train Conductor
Shungiku Uchida ...
Coffee Shop Woman


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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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