Renko, a girl in the sixth grade, is at first unperturbed by her parents' decision to separate. With the companionship of her boyfriend, Minoru, and Sally, a classmate in the same boat, ... See full summary »
Muraki is in debt after a business failure. When he is unable to pay his debtors, the loan sharks rape Muraki's wife. Remorseful and sick of his life, Muraki picks up a prostitute named ... See full summary »
19 year old Rui finds life deeply disappointing until she falls in love with Ama in Shibuya, Tokyo. She was attracted by his piercings so decided to have her tongue pierced too. Pain is the... See full summary »
When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.
Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of those affected by it meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.
Hiroshi, who has never known his father, is a graduate from a prestigious university, and has a high-flying club job in the world of stocks and shares. Happily married to a beautiful wife, ... See full summary »
Waking up in a public park with no trousers on and an unknown woman lying with her head in your lap isn't the best way to start a relationship, even less so when Renji Sawaki (Tadanobu Asano), a junior government minister, discovers that the woman Yuriko (Kyokon Koizumi) is the hostess at a "pink club", and that he has agreed a suicide pact with her. In the sober cold light of day Sawaki thinks better of it, but as his personal life and career are in bad shape, he decides it might be an opportune moment to get away from things and takes up Yuriko's offer to travel to the remote island of Hokkaido, where she hopes to be reunited with a daughter she left behind as a baby five years previously.
The reasons for this unlikely alliance aren't immediately clear and Somai's complicated, challenging structure doesn't help. Two threads, occasionally interweaving, move backwards in time in a disorienting manner, tracing the events that have brought both characters together in despair. The main road-movie thread of Yuriko and Sawaki travelling to Yuriko's hometown in Hokkaido is also a difficult journey with two very different personalities, each with their own problems and unable to find any solace in each other's company, the journey isn't exactly a forward looking one either. The outlook in Kaza-hana may be constantly bleak, but the emotional pay-off makes it worthwhile, and the performance of the two leads is outstanding.
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