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After a tragic car accident where his girlfriend Ryôko Ooyama (Nami Tsukamoto) died, Hiroshi Takagi (Tadanobu Asano) suffers amnesia with his memories completely blanked. When he sees a book about dissection, he decides to join the medical school with the support of his parents. In the dissection class, his group participates of the autopsy of a young woman, and while cutting apart the tissue, he partially recalls his accident. Later, when he sees a tattoo in the arm of the corpse, he discloses that she was his girlfriend and becomes obsessed to go further in the examination of the body. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vital viewing for genre fans or a confusing art-house offering?
I normally watch films with no expectations or anticipation of what
they have to offer but I wish I'd done some background reading on
"Vital" before I settled down to view it. Expecting a horror film, I
was left disappointed. Described as a thriller, I didn't find "Vital"
particularly thrilling or attention grabbing.
While the film is beautifully shot, the movie relies on mood to keep
the viewer engaged with what is unrolling on the screen. In the end,
though, it's a somewhat confusing meditation on death and left me
feeling more than a little frustrated.
6 out of 10. This is a stylish entry in Asian cinema but it lacks
substance. I've no doubt it will delight some viewers but it will
frustrate in equal measure.
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