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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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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
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Tanimura
Yôsuke Kubozuka ...
Teruhiko
Yuriko Yoshitaka ...
Miki
Takahiro Nishijima ...
You
Anne Suzuki ...
Waitress
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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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Captivating and exciting
30 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Some of you already know I'm a huge fan of Love Exposure, but I hadn't seen anything else from Sono until this, so I was greatly anticipating it. It's set in post-tsunami Japan, and this setting is not only a context but a very important part of the plot, perhaps too much so especially at the ending when the film turns a little into a moralizing or even propaganda piece, with the main character crying "Don't give up!" repeatedly while we see images of the ravages of the flood. I gotta say those last minutes moved me to the verge of tears though, but that has more to do with how it builds up and connects previous elements shown in the film in a rather messy way. But I think that's the Sono way, with quick shots and thoughts put together, unexpected transitions, poetry mixed up with violence, sometimes inscrutable characters... This film also has some powerful cinematography going for it, with thinned down and warm colors, probably with some filter involved or maybe just postproduction grading to create this beautiful effect. Also worthy of notice is the soundtrack, with pieces from Mozart and Barber that enhance the poignancy of the film.

So in the end it's a tragic and also hopeful love story, with different situations involved that make true sense only towards the end. It has some disturbing scenes, with parents who want their children dead or people who want to kill other people in the street for no rational reason... Situations that are quite effective in portraying not only the material but also the moral and mental damages that can be caused by such an event as last year's tsunami. Still, it's no match to Love Exposure, and I don't think anything else from Sono is/will be.

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