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Distance (2001)

Unrated | | Drama | 26 May 2001 (Japan)
Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of those affected by it meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.

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Hirokazu Koreeda
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Credited cast:
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Atsushi (as Arata)
Yûsuke Iseya ... Masaru
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Makoto
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa ... Kiyoka
Tadanobu Asano ... Sakata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Azusa Azusa ... Azusa
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Tamaki (Kiyoka'S husband)
Seminosuke Murasugi Seminosuke Murasugi ... Miyamura
Baijaku Nakamura Baijaku Nakamura ... Detective Kikuma
Ryô Ryô ... Yûko
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Masaru's elder brother
Yorie Yamashita Yorie Yamashita ... Makoto's ex-wife
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Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of those affected by it meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 May 2001 (Japan) See more »

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Slow paced and ultra realistic.
22 March 2005 | by legendlengthSee all my reviews

This film explores the developing relationships between five individuals in their late twenties. The group is linked by being related to people who were part of a tragic suicide/terrorist cult in Japan.

I am a big fan of realism in cinema, and this one didn't disappoint. Most of the film is set deep in the forest. It follows the group as they pay their yearly respects to those lost in the suicide. After finding themselves stuck in the woods, they are forced to take refuge in a nearby hut which was previously inhabited by the cult members.

Much of the movie contains stunted and realistic dialog between the group, talking about the cult and touching on philosophy. Their is so much authenticity in the way they act that you feel as though you are part of the group, listening to the conversations.

There is some plot although I was a bit lost until I read other IMDb comments afterwards. I also felt it ran a bit long towards the end (around 150 minutes). But there are three elements in this film that made it enjoyable for me: it was focused on a small group of individuals, it was realistic, and it had great acting.


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