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Fuchi ni tatsu (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

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Kôji Fukada

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Kôji Fukada
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Cast overview:
Tadanobu Asano ... Yasaka
Mariko Tsutsui ... Akié
Taiga ... Takashi Yamakami
Momone Shinokawa Momone Shinokawa ... Hotaru
Kana Mahiro Kana Mahiro ... Hotaru (Adult)
Takahiro Miura ... Atsushi Shitara
Kanji Furutachi Kanji Furutachi ... Toshio
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A family of three, comprised of a husband, wife and a young daughter, lead a routine and unspectacular life. The stillness is shattered occasionally by the young girl's practice on the harmonium and more unusually by the arrival of an acquaintance of the man. Apparently seeking to repay a debt and make up for lost time the new arrival is soon both a guest at the family home and an employee of their workshop. All hell breaks loose and no one is chaste. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harmonium See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,453, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,191, 14 September 2017
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1.66 : 1
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The director Fukuda Koji was present at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film premiered, and revealed that the English title Harmonium was actually suggested to him in France during the editing process for the movie. See more »

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Super Downer and Depressing Movie! Leaves a lasting impression.
14 May 2017 | by pinokiyoSee all my reviews

Wow, major downer!

This is not really a film to sit down and watch if you have other important things to do or want to have a good time; the pacing is typical Japanese/foreign slow-paced style where they have scenes of just showing a family eating dinner/playing the harmonium, etc.

However, if you are able to tolerate that kind of pacing, especially the first half, you are in for a major emotional downer. The movie really takes a sudden turn that it feels like a completely different movie.

If you invested in the first half, you will definitely want to know what's going to happen.

Unfortunately, it's one of those abrupt, somewhat unsatisfying endings that make you shout "OH, COME ON!!!!!" where it leaves you hanging way too much, almost a cop-out, and really makes you wanting and needing more; you start drawing all kinds of conclusions and interpretations because it leaves you with many unsolved questions that will bug the hell out of you just like the characters are feeling. It will probably leave you with a lot of frustrations, shock, or depression. The movie almost feels unfinished.

There is some religious theme and imagery going on with this film.

Although we've already seen "the creepy/odd/mysterious neighbor/stranger/former buddy" entering another sweet family type of movie plot many times before - and we all know how that usually ends up - this film adds some unique elements to it that feels more raw and full of sympathy. It really makes you think about the consequences and emotional realism outcome that each and every character must feel.

The acting is great by all the cast. You just feel so bad and shocked like what the hell are you doing?!?!!

Again, this is definitely NOT an uplifting film. It's a pretty heavy movie that will certainly make you shake your head.


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