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Face (2000)

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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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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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Sakiko Kariyama
Hajime Tsukumo ...
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Shungiku Uchida ...
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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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Fascinating and difficult to categorize movie.
4 July 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Face' is a fascinating and difficult to categorize movie. Naomi Fujiyama gives an impressive performance (her movie debut) as the frumpy, clumsy and socially retarded Masako who one day strangles the pretty sister who loves to torment her. Masako flees from her home and then goes on a journey, both physically and emotionally, which ranges from everything from rape, earthquakes, learning to ride a bicycle, and working in a karaoke bar. All kinds of things both big and small, serious and trivial. What makes the movie consistently fascinating is the fresh approach of the unpredictable script and direction by Junji Sakamoto, a film maker I am not familiar with. 'Face' isn't really either a true life crime portrait of a murderer or a saccharine women-overcomes-the-odds-and-finally-learns-how-to-live movie that Hollywood churns out. It's somewhere in between. And how much if any sympathy or empathy you feel for Masako will depend on the individual viewer. It isn't an obvious movie, and that's what I enjoyed about it. It may not be everybody's cup of tea but I liked it a lot.


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