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Kawaki (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 4 December 2015 (USA)
As former detective Akikazu searches for his missing daughter, Kanako, he soon learns she has a mysterious secret life.

Director:

Tetsuya Nakashima

Writers:

Akio Fukamachi (based on the novel by), Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Akikazu Fujishima
Nana Komatsu ... Kanako Fujishima
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Detective Asai
Hiroya Shimizu Hiroya Shimizu ... I / narrator
Fumi Nikaidô ... Nami Endo (Kanako's ex-middle school classmate)
Ai Hashimoto Ai Hashimoto ... Emi Morishita (Kanako's high school friend)
Jun Kunimura ... Dr.Tsujimura
Joe Odagiri ... Detective Aikawa
Miki Nakatani ... Rie Azuma
Aoi Morikawa Aoi Morikawa ... Tomoko Nagano
Munetaka Aoki Munetaka Aoki ... Sakiyama
Asuka Kurosawa Asuka Kurosawa ... Kiriko Fujishima
Mahiro Takasugi Mahiro Takasugi ... Yasuhiro Matsunaga
Shôno Hayama ... Boy with blonde hair
Hiroki Nakajima Hiroki Nakajima ... Shimazu
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Storyline

Kanako, a beautiful girl and one of the best students at school, goes missing with all the belongings left behind in her room. Her father Akikazu is now asked by his ex-wife to look for their daughter. He starts a desperate search of Kanako using any means, in the hope of getting his "ideal" family back in place despite the fact that the very reason of the family breakup was because of his problematic personality and behaviors. Following tracks of her past and present and talking to her "friends," he starts to get to know his daughter whom he never knew or didn't even attempt to know. When Akikazu is led to one clue, he realizes the world Kanako was facing beyond his imagination... Can the father find his daughter, and get back his perfect happy family he has dreamed of after all these years? Written by Busan International Film Festival

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,834, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,336, 10 January 2016
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GAGA,GyaO,Licri See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After finished this film, director Tetsuya Nakashima had directed NTT Docomo's TV commercials. Also starring Nana Komatsu. See more »

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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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Playful. Daring. Beautifully executed.
20 August 2015 | by franzrebsSee all my reviews

I don't understand how this movie can only get a 6.8 rating. There's not much to say about its cinematography except that it's brilliant and beautiful. A lot of people somehow complained that it was "dizzying" which I cannot attest to. The scenes do cut so fast sometimes and there were instances were I had to catch up with the distinction between flash backs and present scenes. One tip is to pay attention early on, but a second viewing is not at all discouraged.

The story was well thought out. There are many layers that can engage the viewer and put you on the edge of your seat. A lot of questions are asked, you're not sure if you should love/hate the character, different possibilities are played out, and when you get to the revelation near the end you get mind blown but not so much that it seems absurd; in fact it fits in perfectly and the tragedy is justified. Basically there was no dull moment in this movie.

Not all questions are answered for you, though, especially with how the father feels about his daughter. He keeps calling her a bitch but it's hard to buy into that and you know there's so much more, be it a simple paternal love or something darker and more complex, if you dare to consider that.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who can stomach the violence and often repressed side of the human psyche for the sake of cinema and let the mastery of visuals dominate your experience. I won't get tired of watching this movie over and over again. I hope its gets released internationally and get the recognition that it deserves.


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