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Miyuki (2007)

Miyuki tells the story of the McKenzie's, an American family who take in a young female Japanese exchange student. At first their expectations of a sweet and innocent Japanese girl are ... See full summary »

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Barclay Iversen ... Liam
Yuri Nanami ... Miyuki
... Wayne
Linden Young ... Natalie
Matthew Magennis ... Edward
... Dr. Grunewald
Saki Inoue ... Eriko
... Yasu (as Shinichiro Shimizu)
Jim Wierzba ... Harold
Junichi Kakutani ... Goto
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Chesley Arce ... Language school student
Daniel Arizmendi ... Language school student
Ella Blair ... Ashley
Eva Yee Chang ... Japanese festival crowd
Leah Daniels ... Toby
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Miyuki tells the story of the McKenzie's, an American family who take in a young female Japanese exchange student. At first their expectations of a sweet and innocent Japanese girl are realized but soon strange things start to happen. Initially Miyuki provides support to the family but when Liam, the McKenzie's 18-year-old son suspects that Miyuki is behind the strange occurrences, the family turns on him. Leaving his family alone with Miyuki, Liam takes refuge at his eccentric uncle's home. Events turn for the worse at the McKenzie's as Miyuki's presence stirs up a painful past. Haunted by tragic visions from her childhood and images from a tragedy many hundreds of years ago Miyuki's dark past is slowly revealed. As Miyuki feels she is losing her adopted family once again she can no longer fight her urge to destroy what she cannot have. Through an unknown connection the McKenzie's fate is tied to that of Miyuki's. Written by Anonymous

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An American family takes in a Japanese exchange student with a dark past.

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more talk and less blood gives MIYUKI its creep factor
15 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Ironically, it is the more talk and less blood that gives MIYUKI its creep factor. Yuri Nanami's performance as a Japanese exchange student, living with the PERFECT cynical depiction of a Marin County, California family, is beautifully subtle and nuanced. The cinematography is down right gorgeous in composition and lighting, and the film editing is strikingly subjective and dreamlike in its pacing. Director Immanuel Martin has done a great job with the technical elements and only has some weak spots in getting consistent 'honest moments' from some of his cast. That said, "Miyuki" has the psychological tension of "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and with even more back story, which is something impressive to have pulled off. The tone of the film is exceptionally low key, which only adds to the pathos of the characters involved. There is a little bit of a supernatural element included, which is wholly unnecessary, or perhaps it is a cultural reference that didn't click with me. However, that is a minor quibble. With some judicious editing around a couple awkward performance moments, the film should obtain some sort of distribution.


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