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Canary (2004)

Kanaria (original title)
Based on the true events of the deadly gas attacks perpetrated by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult on the Tokyo subway system, CANARY tells the moving story of two children, each abandoned... See full synopsis »

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Credited cast:
Hôshi Ishida ... Koichi Iwase (as Hoshi Ishida)
... Yuki Niina
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Akira Izawa
Miyako Koda ... Michiko Iwase
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keijirô Akiyama
Kôtarô Akiyama
Tetsuhito Aoki
Noriko Eguchi ... Kimura
Naoko Fukuju
Kyôhei Hishida
Shoichi Honda
Masaki Honjô
Shûgo Hori
Rina Horisawa
Hiroaki Iida
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Based on the true events of the deadly gas attacks perpetrated by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult on the Tokyo subway system, CANARY tells the moving story of two children, each abandoned by their families, who come together in the wake of the scarring event.

Twelve-year-old Koichi has grown up within the confines of a religious cult whose violently instilled dogma has all but destroyed his sense of identity. After a murderous attack, the cult disbands and Koichi finds himself abandoned by his mother and forcibly separated from his sister. To reunite his broken family, Koichi breaks out of the child welfare system and sets off to Tokyo. While on the run, he meets Yuki, a girl desperate to flee from her abusive father.

Koichi and Yuki travel together in search of his sister, facing the inevitable troubles of children making their way in the world without the guidance or protection of adults. The separate scars of their pasts cause friction between the two, but their struggles develop...

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A decent film
18 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Every once in a while I across this type of Japanese film. It's a bit like David Copperfield, but with a bunch of flawed characters. The main actor is a boy who was taken out from the cult, and being placed in a foster home. However, he decided to escape in order to find his younger sister in Tokyo. Along the way, a runaway girl that hangs out with older men for money decided to help him. So what do you get when a cult-minded boy travels with a realistic tough girl? An interesting film about people with bad decisions, and a society filled with selfish desires.

Also, it's worth mentioning the main leads act pretty well. I have seen many Japanese kids bad acting... but they convince me in this movie.


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