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Himizu (2011)

After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

Director:

Sion Sono

Writers:

Minoru Furuya (manga), Sion Sono (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shôta Sometani ... Yuichi
Fumi Nikaidô ... Keiko
Tetsu Watanabe ... Shozo
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Keita tamura
Megumi Kagurazaka ... Keiko tamura
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Sumida's father
Makiko Watanabe ... Sumida's mother
Asuka Kurosawa Asuka Kurosawa
Denden ... Kaneko
Jun Murakami ... Tanimura
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Teruhiko
Yuriko Yoshitaka Yuriko Yoshitaka ... Miki
Takahiro Nishijima Takahiro Nishijima ... You
Anne Suzuki ... Waitress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moto Fuyuki Moto Fuyuki ... Tetsu
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After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 January 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Krtica See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$472,855
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original comic of "Himizu" did not have any elements of the earthquake disaster of March 11th 2011. A script was already written in early 2011, but the director decided to add the earthquake disaster into the story, making it the first film released that directly dealt with the subject. See more »

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Referenced in Making of Himizu (2012) See more »

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Adagio For Strings
Composed by Samuel Barber
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The Torturing Chamber of Japan
13 May 2015 | by j-penkairSee all my reviews

I was stunned. This film by Shion Sono stuns me. It is by no means a perfect film, nor it tries to be so, but it is one of the best manifestos of the Japanese psyche, which is revealed with honesty and sincerity. On the surface, I like everything Japan. Deep down, I find Japan and the Japanese to be so hopelessly trapped in its and their own social and economic creation, which is modern Japan. This film chronicles a few lives, and still it tells a universal story of what feels like to be a Japanese today. Japan is a world's notable story of rags-to-riches, and it is even more notable, and revealing, as it seems to reverse the fortune at the stagnation of self development today. It is still too soon to name Japan's story of the riches-back-to-rags nature. But the emergence of China and South Korea and Taiwan and the once third-world Asia puts Japan at a paranoid of getting a lot closer and faster to the rank of rags. I find the boy Sumida in several Japanese friends of mine. Their unspeakable pains and sorrows are much more understood now. Japan has created itself, especially after the second world war, into a society depending on other people's perception and judgment. The Japanese then are left to struggle with the realities of their own, sometimes most degrading and inhuman, and continuing to protect the great image of worldly success and of loyal conformity to the society at large. This great contrast proves too much for a human being. There go suicides, vicious killings, and other unnamed psychopathic episodes as a tragic result. This film makes us wonder which will win: hopelessness or hopefulness. It ends with one winning just an inch over the other. I believe this sad film wants to convey the desperation of Japan and the Japanese at this time. It does well. I recommend this Shion Sono film for everyone who cares more than just about yourself, and I wish Japan well in every way. Dear Japan, you have killed your own father, the old and traditional Japan, and been trying to live with the leftover, being the modernised Japan. Tall order it indeed is, but you are not as short as before. There is a future.


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