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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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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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New gold standard in Japanese dramatic film?
11 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

"I heard this is a masterpiece..." Speaking for myself, to call this film anything less should be a crime.

Wow - even in some of my all time favorite movies I am able to say "well I think it would have been better if this or that had been a bit different..." but not with "Canary." Not only is it a technically solid effort with an equally bedrock cast, the story's treatment of how Japan is dealing with fallout from the late 90's proliferation of 'New Religion' and the Aum Shinrikyo attacks specifically is second to none! Fascinating, gripping, emotional and a delight to watch unfold, "Canary" may well herald the dawn of a new gold standard in Japanese dramatic film.


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