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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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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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Color:

Color

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 »

Connections

Referenced in ARfRA: Why are Japanese films so extreme? (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio For Strings
Composed by Samuel Barber
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Captivating and exciting
30 July 2012 | by FotodudeSee all my reviews

Some of you already know I'm a huge fan of Love Exposure, but I hadn't seen anything else from Sono until this, so I was greatly anticipating it. It's set in post-tsunami Japan, and this setting is not only a context but a very important part of the plot, perhaps too much so especially at the ending when the film turns a little into a moralizing or even propaganda piece, with the main character crying "Don't give up!" repeatedly while we see images of the ravages of the flood. I gotta say those last minutes moved me to the verge of tears though, but that has more to do with how it builds up and connects previous elements shown in the film in a rather messy way. But I think that's the Sono way, with quick shots and thoughts put together, unexpected transitions, poetry mixed up with violence, sometimes inscrutable characters... This film also has some powerful cinematography going for it, with thinned down and warm colors, probably with some filter involved or maybe just postproduction grading to create this beautiful effect. Also worthy of notice is the soundtrack, with pieces from Mozart and Barber that enhance the poignancy of the film.

So in the end it's a tragic and also hopeful love story, with different situations involved that make true sense only towards the end. It has some disturbing scenes, with parents who want their children dead or people who want to kill other people in the street for no rational reason... Situations that are quite effective in portraying not only the material but also the moral and mental damages that can be caused by such an event as last year's tsunami. Still, it's no match to Love Exposure, and I don't think anything else from Sono is/will be.

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