When abused children return after they went missing, their abusers find a mysterious death after 3 days. Local newspaper reporter Shunya investigates the deaths, while his girlfriend Naomi gets too close to one of the haunted children.
An anthology of several short films by several directors where each has taken inspiration from a favourite song of his by the Japanese punk rock band. The segments include Be Kind to Others, Love Letter and A Boy's Song.
Daigo doesn't go to school anymore. His sister, Kiriko, is worried and their father is no help. Now Daigo is missing. He's in danger, and Kiriko will have to follow him into a world of nightmares to discover the truth.
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The original, animated version of Kiki's Delivery Service is so pitch-perfect that it doesn't seem possible that they'd dare come out with a live-action version.
Only rarely does a live-action version of an anime equal the original. With live-action, it's almost like trying to translate from one language to another; some of the actors are good (and others ordinary), and the story conveys only some of the wide- eyed wonder of the original. Fuka Koshiba has a petulant optimism (and a little brattiness) the fills out the title character; JiJi, the talking black cat could have played a bigger part of the movie. Fans of Japanese film will notice a few interesting casting choices - like Asano Tadanobu and Rie Miyazawa.
Ultimately, changing this to a live-action film makes it seem more suited for children (as opposed to the anime version, which is ageless).
That said, I enjoyed much of the film. It's a minor miracle that it's as good as it is.
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