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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

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
Yôji Tanaka Yôji 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Strange and Awesome
11 January 2005 | by grouchomoonSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film. I saw it in Rome as a part of a Japanese Film Festival at the Japanese Consulate? or Cultural center? and it has now become one of, if not my favorite, Japanese films I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a few). So strange, very difficult to follow but all the same very interesting and engaging. It was shot well and at times I remember it being pretty intense. The story revolves around a Tree and those people around it who want the tree (Added to the confusion of the plot, I saw it a couple years ago, so my memory fails me). I have not seen any of Kiyoshi Kurasawa's other films but I'm going to try. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes Japanese films and the discussions that follow watching them. If anyone knows where I can get a copy of this, or see it again please let me know. I would love a copy of this one.


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