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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
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Mika Akizuki Mika Akizuki ... Mitsuko's classmate
Misaki Amano Misaki Amano
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
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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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Weird, crazy, funny, makes no sense whatsoever and more than a little creepy
26 November 2015 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

Let's start saying that I will not deny Mr Sono his desire to push boundaries and be original. Just 5 minutes into the movie and we have like 200 million women that have been cut in half but some weird wind. Women, yes, because well, you will notice quite soon that men are not ones to be seen around a lot in this movie.

But the problem is that he just seems to want to be original for the sake of it, and doing so, ends repeating himself quite a bit. Leaving out all his religious symbols and passion for underwear, that come up in all of his movies (or at least in all I have seen), he ends just being a marvelous director in terms of camera-work, scenery, original shots, etc etc, and horrible in the plot department. I enjoy looking at his movies, but from a distance, and like for 5 minutes, when I notice there is no plot to hold the visuals.

But where in Tokyo Tribe, for example, he had a more or less original plot and crazy idea (a story told by actors "rapping"; I'm generous here by calling their singing rapping, but it's part of the movie...) here we just have random situations that are hold together by... well, nothing. We have poor Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) just running around from one place to the other while something (I think he is winking his eye at Sam Raimi here; or just plainly copying) at first, teachers later, and well, weird things further on (I'll let you see it if you are interested) try to kill her. Poor Reina Triendl is not very expressive in this movie, but well, she has not much to work on. I see Mr. Sono telling her: LOOK SCARED! SCARED! JUST LOOK SCARED AND RUN!

If this review makes no sense to you, the movie will make less. Sono, as Miike Takashi before he went mainstream, tries to be original and ends like the drunkard that loses himself in his own story by leaving everyone else scratching their heads. Original, yes; makes no sense, you betcha.


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