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Himizu (2011)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  14 January 2012 (Japan)
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Two teenagers living a dystopian existence in post-tsunami Japan embark on a campaign of violence against evil wrong doers.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shôta Sometani ...
Yuichi
Fumi Nikaidô ...
Keiko
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Shozo
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Keita tamura
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Keiko tamura
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Sumida's father
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Sumida's mother
Asuka Kurosawa
Denden ...
Kaneko
Jun Murakami ...
Tanimura
Yôsuke Kubozuka ...
Teruhiko
Yuriko Yoshitaka ...
Miki
Takahiro Nishijima ...
You
Anne Suzuki ...
Waitress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moto Fuyuki ...
Tetsu
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Sumida and his schoolmate Keiko are 14 year old school kids living a dystopian existence where each of their parents' hopes and encourages them to die. Set in tsunami-hit areas of Japan about May 2011, which is used as a backdrop, the story follows roughly that of the manga of the same name wherein Sumida fights frequently with his father, is abandoned by his mother and tends to reject friendly advances of others. Eventually, he kills his father and then, assuming his life is ruined, attempts to improve society by killing "bad" people. Although not immediately obvious, what instead happens is that he attacks psychotic and violent characters, while he instead learns from Keiko and the Yakuza and people who befriended him that he himself has become "sick", eventually breaking free of the cycle of violence, but without a complete resolution of the issues raised during the movie before its end. Written by Jeff K.

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Unusual for a Sion Sono directed film, the actors were encouraged to ad lib and rearrange blocking. See more »

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Too many excesses lead to... boredom
12 May 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Senseless violence, histrionic personages, forced situations repeated once and again, a pointless script plot and story, unjustified brutality, incoherent and unconnected scenes just piled up together... A bunch of personages seem to have lost any leitmotiv in their lives along with all their possessions after the Tsunami that swept away their belongings. The protagonist is the one in the neighborhood who lost less and still keeps a house and a small boat renting business, yet he is the one with a more bleak attitude towards life and his own future, something that is comprehensible on the basis that he is an adolescent with a fully broken family and a father coming home just to insult and beat him up.

Basically, during the first half of the film we witness a series of violent, close to sadistic acts exerted on the protagonist, and in the second part it is time for the protagonist to exert the same violence on whoever he considers deserving of it... ¿what conclusion can we draw from all this?... none really, unless someone wants to find some overall sense to the film in the last (pathetic and ridiculous!) scene. Besides, there is not a coherent story line anywhere, we hardly ever get to know the why of particular actions in the different personages, actions that systematically stem from or lead to a completely senseless violence.

The female protagonist, a classmate of the guy, is the total reverse of him; she loves him, and tries by every means to draw his attention (despite his hostile, dismissing and abusing attitude towards her), making for him things that go far beyond what can be considered reasonable. Yet some funny scenes with this female character as protagonist are the only ones in the film that can be watchable (and the only reason why I give it 2 stars instead of 1).

Some pieces of classical music used pointlessly with tiresome insistence in every part of the film complete this terrible more-than-two hours movie theater experience. Please skip it.


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