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Riaru onigokko (2015)

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A girl's life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she herself becomes less and less certain of who she is and what kind of a world she lives in.

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Sion Sono

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Yûsuke Yamada (based on the original story by), Sion Sono
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Credited cast:
Reina Triendl Reina Triendl ... Mitsuko
Mariko Shinoda Mariko Shinoda ... Keiko
Erina Mano ... Izumi
Yuki Sakurai ... Aki
Aki Hiraoka Aki Hiraoka ... Taeko
Ami Tomite Ami Tomite ... Sur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mika Akizuki Mika Akizuki ... Mitsuko's classmate
Urara Aryû Urara Aryû
Mao Asou Mao Asou ... Akane (as Mao Asô)
Nanami Hidaka Nanami Hidaka
Rin Honoka Rin Honoka
Hikaru Horiguchi Hikaru Horiguchi
Rika Hoshina Rika Hoshina
Nanami Ishimaru Nanami Ishimaru
Sayaka Isoyama Sayaka Isoyama ... Matsuko
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As the sole survivor of a horrendous and rather mysterious accident, Mitsuko, a typical Japanese teenager, can safely say that her day has got off to a bad start. It seems that an unstoppable force of nature, a doomed field trip, and a strange case of amnesia can easily coexist in a bizarre parallel universe, where a desperate Mitsuko is always on the run from something inexplicable, intangible, and utterly deadly. However, that's not all. Amid piles of fresh dead bodies, mounds of scorching bullet shells, and rivulets of fragrant young blood, frail Mitsuko must fight to stay alive, before her already messed up day becomes even stranger. But, the question still remains. Who is the enemy? Written by Nick Riganas

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11 July 2015 (Japan) See more »

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Sono still pushes boundaries
4 August 2015 | by ChristianSee all my reviews

With an opening sequence that tops 'Suicide Club" in shock value, aesthetics and eeriness, "Tag" targets a gore-hungry audience, but goes deeper with the many philosophical and psychological themes of determinism, power, fear, reality and identity.

"Tag" tackles greater issues than most films and does so well with a brisk pace that takes the viewer along the joyride (or hellride depending on how you see it) and makes him/her identify with the lead character's distress. The three leads who play the same persona are very well cast and effective in edging us into our seats. Their acting is grounded while the rest of the movie is often over the top at parts.

The daring premise, edgy editing, themes and tones are strong, yet Sono falls slightly short of his best work by making a clearly uneven piece at times with some easy thrills and instances with little coherence or content sneaking in. He proves showy, self-indulgent, eager to please the crowd and even uses questionable short-cuts instead of going deeper into the surreal, suspenseful and sublime narrative.

We are left with many questions like many of Sono's films, but in this case, we also understand that perhaps he could have asked himself more questions in the making in order to overcome some unwanted extraneous confusion and loss of focus. This is especially troublesome as it clocks less than 90 mins (uncharacteristic for long-winded Sono - see 237 mins "Love Exposure" as extreme example) and still shows some filler farce instead of sure hit fire-power.

Some superficial moments over subtlety and substance holds this film back, but the brute force and fantastic screen-writing and directing defy denying this fresh film its place into the pantheon of path-breaking provocative piece of cinema.

Despite its minor and more blatant flaws, this film holds well to a metaphorical mirror and is not in search of identity like its main character. It is disconnected beyond its useful purpose, but parades around arguably able to arouse sympathy and separately speak volume on our psychological individual and societal brink of breakdown.

Try to be spontaneous. Accept the surreal and tolerate the slapstick and silliness.

Japan 2015 | 85 mins | FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | DCP | Japanese (English subtitles)


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