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Face (2000)

Kao (original title)
With no parents left to keep the peace and order two sisters, who could not be any more different, allow their frustrations and animosity to come to a head. What ensues is funny, tragic and offbeat.

Director:

Junji Sakamoto

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Isamu Uno (story by), Junji Sakamoto (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Naomi Fujiyama Naomi Fujiyama ... Masako Yoshimura
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Hiroyuki Nakagami
Michiyo Yasuda Michiyo Yasuda ... Ritsuko Nakagami (as Michiyo Ohkusu)
Riho Makise Riho Makise ... Yukari Yoshimura
Jun Kunimura ... Kenta Kariyama
Kanzaburô Nakamura Kanzaburô Nakamura ... Toshirô Yamamoto (as Kankurô Nakamura)
Misako Watanabe Misako Watanabe ... Mrs Yoshimura
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Eiichi Hanada
Kôichi Satô ... Akira Ikeda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ai Saotome Ai Saotome ... Sakiko Kariyama
Hajime Tsukumo Hajime Tsukumo ... Train Conductor
Shungiku Uchida Shungiku Uchida ... Coffee Shop Woman
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With no parents left to keep the peace and order two sisters, who could not be any more different, allow their frustrations and animosity to come to a head. What ensues is funny, tragic and offbeat.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 August 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

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Deep, varied, human
14 January 2014 | by eitel-jimSee all my reviews

I have just seen this in 2014. First run through I wasn't sure, but when I replayed some of the scenes, I began to see such a richness of detail and varied moods and camera angles that I was really drawn in. For example, just before she leaves for the ferry, as her pursuers are closing in--there is a scene of the harbor shore line at dawn, small waves slowly washing in, very calm. Another detail--of foreshadowing--is the bar owner's sister breaking a glass ashtray, just before we see him being killed. The fox dance scenes were spellbinding, another instance of varied mood and intensity. The film did npt lack in humor, as the scene in which the protagonist bangs her tambourine way out of time. Agree with the other reviewer that the heroine' acting was quite amazing.


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