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As the Gods Will (2014)

Kamisama no iu tôri (original title)
A group of high school students are forced to play a game of death without knowing who, why or how.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Muneyuki Kaneshiro (manga), Akeji Fujimura (manga) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lily Franky ... Homeless (as Lily Frankie)
Sôta Fukushi ... Shun Takahata
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Amaya Takeru
Shôta Sometani ... Satake
Nijirô Murakami
Nao Ohmori ... Takumi (as Nao Ômori)
Atsuko Maeda ... Beckoning cat (voice)
Sakichi Sato Sakichi Sato
Mio Yûki ... Shoko Takase
Hirona Yamazaki Hirona Yamazaki ... Ichika Akimoto
Minori Hagiwara
Naoto Takahashi Naoto Takahashi
Jingi Irie Jingi Irie ... Oku Eiji
Rena Shimura Rena Shimura
Rima Matsuda Rima Matsuda
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Storyline

A 2nd-year high school student named Shun Takahata lives an ordinary teenage life until one day he's suddenly forced to participate in a series of children's games such as "Daruma-san ga Koronda" with death as the penalty for losing. With no knowledge of who's behind the games, he's left with no other choice but to keep winning as his only means of protecting himself and his childhood friend, Ichika. Meanwhile, a troubled classmate named Takeru seems to actually be relishing the opportunity to get other students killed. Written by Subrat Jain

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 November 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

As the Gods Will See more »

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Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Filming is begin in June, 2014 and finish October, 2014. See more »

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Mildly disturbing SAW lookalike for teens
15 June 2015 | by cesarecesariniSee all my reviews

Seeing that it's based on a manga for boys and rising young popular actors were cast in it, obviously, this movie was targeted at 10s to early 20s. As such, the gore and violence was pretty tame for a Miike movie.

The death games that the high schoolers have to survive are so simple, thus not so interesting, but the opening sequence with the Daruma doll, where gore was replaced with 80,000 red marbles/bouncy balls, was well executed along the theme of child's play succeeding in creating surrealistic imagery and is considered as the highlight of the movie.

The CG was not so bad overall. I like the modeling of the Daruma doll with glaring bloodshot eyes. Also I like the twisted casting for the deadly matreshka dolls dubbed by the voice actors who play Doraemon and Jibanyan, 2 iconic anime characters loved by the nation.

Acting wise, feels like Ryunosuke Kamiki stole the show and the character played by Nao Omori was totally unnecessary.


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