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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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Japanese

Release Date:

11 July 2015 (Japan) See more »

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The music they use in the background, is the same music they use in The Walking Dead opening score. See more »

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Remake of Riaru onigokko (2008) See more »

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The Land Between Tides
Written by Takaakira Taka Goto
Performed by MONO
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pushed all my buttons, and in a good way
21 May 2017 | by Guy TeagueSee all my reviews

i love apocalyptic dystopias and time travel and, of course, Japanese schoolgirls in their uniforms and blood and gore if it's ironic. throw in an unreliable narrator and you've hooked me. and i was hooked all the way in this movie. i kept stopping it to shoot frames--many of which i plan to use for memes on facebook, they're so pithy. most from 'sur' of course!

towards the end i suspected it might fall apart when the big reveal came, but every time i formulated a guess, it would twist slightly and, although i'm not about to reveal anything, it was not only not a cheap cop-out, some serious issues were raised about the future and us as a society.

btw, the only movies i give 9s to are epics such as lotr, for geniuses such as kubrick, and the occasional quirky black comedy. this movie earned the 9 from me fair and square with its imagination. my only quibble is i wish they could have afforded better effects in a lot of places, but the bus scene jerked me bolt upright in my chair and that was the intended effect, so they got their money's worth.

/guy


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