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Gaichû (2001)

Following the divorce of her parents, her mother's suicide attempt, and the rumors of an affair with her teacher, a lonely 7th grader starts skipping school in an attempt to find herself.

Director:

Akihiko Shiota

Writer:

Kiyono Yayoi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aoi Miyazaki ... Sachiko Kita
Seiichi Tanabe ... Ogata
Tetsu Sawaki Tetsu Sawaki ... Takao
Ryo Amamiya Ryo Amamiya ... Tokugawa
Koji Ishikawa Koji Ishikawa ... Kyuzo
Yû Aoi ... Natsuko
Yûsuke Iseya ... Cofeeshop Guy
Ryô ... Toshiko Kita
Yûsaku Suzuki Yûsaku Suzuki ... Hanasaka
Yuri Yoneoka Yuri Yoneoka ... Soko
Yuria Haga Yuria Haga ... Rumi
Mihoko Handa Mihoko Handa ... Yukiko
Takayo Mimura Takayo Mimura ... Kazumi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ... Middle-Aged Man in Convenience Store
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Truck Driver
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Following the divorce of her parents, her mother's suicide attempt, and the rumors of an affair with her teacher, a lonely 7th grader starts skipping school in an attempt to find herself.

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 March 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Harmful Insect See more »

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a bleak and fascinating portrait of alienation
1 April 2002 | by LagomorphSee all my reviews

Harmful Insect is one of those magnificent films that makes the most extreme behavior comprehensible. It's a portrait of intense alienation, centering on a seventh-grade school-girl. Sachiko lives her life surrounded by adults who are at best ineffectual and at worst (and they are very often at their worse) predatory.

Director Akihiko Shiota does not shy away from the dark, but the film is neither exploitative nor gratuitously gruesome. It is bleak and powerful, and the moments of hope, happiness, and humor stand out all the brighter for the vividness with which Sachiko's psychological isolation is portrayed.


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