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  • Summary: This beautifully composed black & white film explores a transcendent story of redemption. On what seemed to be a normal morning in southwest Japan, a crazed killer, apparently without motive, hijacks a city bus. In the ensuing carnage only three people survive - the driver, a schoolgirl and her older brother. (The Shooting Gallery) Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Understated acting and brilliant use of wide-screen black-and-white cinematography.
  2. 100
    One of the year's best films, and certainly its most challenging so far: At more than three hours, watching it is less like consuming entertainment and more like living.
  3. 90
    A film of rare tenderness and mystery.
  4. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    80
    The compositions and camera movement are both precise and elegant.
  5. 80
    A completely different order of cinematic existence than any other film you're likely to see in the near or distant future.
  6. 75
    Special note should be made of real-life sister and brother Aoi and Masaru Miyazaki, who give beautiful performances as the children.
  7. Eureka never comes to life. -- In pursuing its aesthetic agenda so single-mindedly, the movie leaves the characters behind in the muck.

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