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Himizu (2011)

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Two adolescents living a dystopian existence in post-quake Japan embark on a campaign of violence against evil-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
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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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The original comic of "Himizu" did not have any elements of the earthquake disaster of March 11th 2011. A script was already written in early 2011, but the director decided to add the earthquake disaster into the story, making it the first film released that directly dealt with the subject. See more »

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Sono or Kim
10 October 2012 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

For those who have watched Ki-Duk Kim's Address Unknown, wild animals, bad guy or others, this Himizu could fit in that series of films. Personally, as I just mentioned, I find this movie highly influenced by Ki-Duk Kim's style in the first hour and then by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic novel: Crime and Punishment in the second hour, with the girl encouraging the boy to turn himself in. This mixture between the korean director and the classic Russian novel makes a superb drama that can please both sono & Kim's fans. I also find Sono away from his classic films such as Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table, Coldfish, Strange Circus, etc. In Himizu there's the tendency to a drama more than a bizarre film like the classic ones of this director, yet a superb one.


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