Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old girl forced into police protection to escape from the journalistic hordes after her ...
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Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old girl forced into police protection to escape from the journalistic hordes after her brother is arrested for murder. It plays out like a propulsive edge-of-your-seat thriller that's sure to leave you breathless.Written by
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Japan's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »
A good thriller
This movie is a good thriller and will keep you on the edge of your seat. As mentioned in the synopsis, it's about a girl whose brother supposedly committed a crime, and how society reacts to this. Well, it might have to do with background, as I come from similar background to that of people in the story, I felt like most things from the movie were pretty standard - the saving face, media cruelty, unbelievable public reaction, etc. Let's just say living in a society like Japan puts a lot of pressure on people, which consequently leads them to erratic behaviors. So it could just be my background, but for me the movie was a good thriller and nothing more. There were a few scenes that stayed, such as the one where the police and the girl sit side by side on the beach, or the last scene, but like most other thrillers, as soon as I watched it, not much remained.
For me, a *great* movie has to be a movie that will resonate through the test of time; this movie unfortunately is not. It illustrates current events and will only make an impact at this time. 50 years from now, people watching it might not be able to relate to it at all. For this matter, I consider the movie "good" and not "great".
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