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I Want to Be a Shellfish (2008)

Watashi wa kai ni naritai (original title)
I Want to Be a Shellfish (Watashi wa Kani ni Naritai) is a 2008 Japanese movie based on a Tetsutaro Kato novel and directed by ... See full synopsis »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Nakai ...
Toyomatsu Shimizu
Yukie Nakama ...
Fusae Shimizu
Yuki Shibamoto ...
Masahiko Nishimura ...
Mitsuru Hirata ...
Magy ...
Shokichi Sakai
Tsubasa Katô ...
Tetsuya Takeda ...
Masatô Ibu ...
Commander Onoe
Ainosuke Kataoka ...
Captain Hidaka
Tatsuo Nadaka ...
Major Adachi
Isao Takeno ...
Sergeant Kimura
Naomasa Musaka ...
Private Tateishi
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...
Private Takita
Pinko Izumi ...
Toshio's mother


I Want to Be a Shellfish (Watashi wa Kani ni Naritai) is a 2008 Japanese movie based on a Tetsutaro Kato novel and directed by ... See full synopsis »

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Drama | War






Release Date:

22 November 2008 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

I Want to Be a Shellfish  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Great cinematography
31 July 2009 | by (Korea (Republic of)) – See all my reviews

Had a chance to watch this, I like Nakai as an entertainer, wanted to see how he is at acting, my opinion is it's not very satisfying but still he's a good entertainer, so that's still good. Cinematography, it was extraordinary, especially the scene where Nakama is walking through snow to get signatures from people and she goes to the cliff to stare at the winter sea, wow, amazing. Some scenes, computer graphics are added to make the scenery look better, I don't think it was a good choice at all, it's very phony and ugly. Tsurube, his acting is totally brilliant, he surely is a very skilled man, didn't know he could act so well, it's unbelievable.... I hope I get to see more of his acting in the future. Story is very obvious but interesting, what a life, all he wants to do is live a happy life with his family, cut people's hair, then the rich, fascist pigs want the poor to go to war for them, so they can get more money, THEN they hang the private for following an order, an order that he is required to follow, if he disobeys, he will be shot, hell of a decision to make. There certainly were many fxxers who used the war to let out their evil, which they certainly deserve so much more than a death sentence but it is true that there were many people who didn't want anything to do with the war, hurt other people, people who just wanted to live in peace but were forcefully drafted by the fascist pigs. Nobody wins in war other than the rich and greedy fxxers who caused it.

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