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Harmful Insect (2001)
"Gaichû" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  16 March 2002 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Aoi Miyazaki ...
Sachiko Kita
Seiichi Tanabe ...
Tetsu Sawaki ...
Ryo Amamiya ...
Koji Ishikawa ...
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Cofeeshop Guy
Ryô ...
Toshiko Kita
Yûsaku Suzuki ...
Yuri Yoneoka ...
Yuria Haga ...
Mihoko Handa ...
Takayo Mimura ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenjirô Ishimaru ...
Middle-Aged Man in Convenience Store
Hôka Kinoshita ...
Truck Driver


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a bleak and fascinating portrait of alienation
1 April 2002 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Harmful Insect is one of those magnificent films that makes the most extreme behavior comprehensible. It's a portrait of intense alienation, centering on a seventh-grade school-girl. Sachiko lives her life surrounded by adults who are at best ineffectual and at worst (and they are very often at their worse) predatory.

Director Akihiko Shiota does not shy away from the dark, but the film is neither exploitative nor gratuitously gruesome. It is bleak and powerful, and the moments of hope, happiness, and humor stand out all the brighter for the vividness with which Sachiko's psychological isolation is portrayed.

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