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Themis (2011)

Himizu (original title)
After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.



(manga), (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Keiko (as Fumi Nikaidô)
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Keita tamura
Keiko tamura
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Sumida's father
Sumida's mother
Asuka Kurosawa
Denden ...
Yôsuke Kubozuka ...
Yuriko Yoshitaka ...
Takahiro Nishijima ...
Anne Suzuki ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moto Fuyuki ...


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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Release Date:

14 January 2012 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Krtica  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Unusual for a Sion Sono directed film, the actors were encouraged to ad lib and rearrange blocking. See more »


Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »


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Long and Sad
22 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Himizu uses the tsunami which destroyed Fukushima in Japan, as a backdrop, to tell the tragic story of two fourteen year old kids, Sumida and Keiko, who are classmates at school where they are trying to survive both the storms aftermath, and extremely indifferent parents. Sumida is abandoned by a drunken father and a mother of questionable morals, and Keiko suffers from an equally poor family life. It should be kismet, but, trust me, it is anything but, as we watch many bad things happen to good people for two hours and ten minutes. The lead actor and actress are tremendous, but the story meanders at times and becomes a bit tiring by the end. The message seems to be one of survival at any cost, and I recommend Himizu based on the two excellent main actor and actress.

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