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Charisma (1999)

Karisuma (original title)
A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without ... See full summary »

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Goro Yabuike
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Naoto Kiriyama
Ren Osugi ... Satoshi Nakasone (as Ren Ôsugi)
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Chizuru Jinbo
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Mitsuko Jinbo
Akira Ôtaka Akira Ôtaka ... Tatsuo Tsuboi
Yutaka Matsushige ... Nekoshima
Sachiko Meguro Sachiko Meguro ... Hanako
Masayuki Shionoya ... Bucho
Masahiro Toda ... Young Officer
Kôichi Imamura Kôichi Imamura ... Young Man
Yoji Tanaka Yoji Tanaka ... Sugishita
Atsushi Nishida Atsushi Nishida ... Nishi
Masaaki Nagata Masaaki Nagata ... Diet Member
Setchin Kawaya Setchin Kawaya ... Worker
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A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without explanation, he makes his way to a mountain forest, where there is a peculiar tree called charisma. Should it be destroyed or protected? People stand divided over this one tree. Written by amirmu

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Like most people... I'm not clear about this one...
15 September 2003 | by bandyimoSee all my reviews

I started watching this film without knowing much about it... and after the final frame.. I can honestly say I still do not know much about it. I've read some of the other comments about this movie from other viewers and each made some interesting comments and observations.

There were surreal elements as well as a very peculiar (and original) premise for a plotline but there's no need for me to re-summarize what's already been said. The pace was too slow IMO and several times I thought it was about to end when another 5 or 10 minutes were tacked on. There were a few shocks and surprises along the way but the sheer length of the movie and it's ambiguous ending renders it hard for me to recommend.

As someone else stated, it does make you think and that is probably what all good films hope to achieve. One would just hope for a clearer thoughtscape to ponder on.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

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Dolby

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