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  • Summary: Himizu tells the powerful story of two teenagers’ struggle to live in dystopian future Japan destroyed by a natural disaster. Keiko (Fumi Nikaido) is a fourteen year old girl obsessed with Yuichi (Shota Sometani), in fact she is self admittedly his stalker. She collects his words and wallpapers her room with them, repeating them like a prayer and getting overexcited at spending any time with him. Yuichi is going through troubling times, his mother has left, leaving him to run the family business and his drunken father has run up debts with the yakuza which he must repay. When young Yuichi is pushed too far he embarks on a violent campaign of revenge against society’s evil doers and it’s up to Keiko to try to bring him back to the path of a decent man. [Third Window Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 11, 2014
    88
    Sion Sono's film is a vision of coming of age as trial by fire, a thunderous encapsulation of that period of transition in which adolescents try to discover themselves: their passions, their purpose, their sense of morality.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Mar 11, 2014
    80
    Sono retains his go-for-the-throat approach, but the violence here somehow connects with the brutal economic conditions, and he fosters very tender, affecting performances from Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô as his crushed young lovers.
  3. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Mar 13, 2014
    80
    Mr. Sono uses sound, a low, grumbling noise like an earthquake, to convey this chaos. He also gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.
  4. Reviewed by: Jamie Russell
    Mar 11, 2014
    60
    It offers a surreal slant on post-Fukushima Japan where aggression lurks in every scene - even the romantic ones between high-schooler Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) and his stalker classmate, Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô).
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 13, 2014
    60
    Because Sono tries to set the manga’s storyline, with its stylized violence, in the very real, post-earthquake/tsunami disaster area, Himizu struggles to find a coherent tone.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Mar 11, 2014
    60
    Over-the-top but blackly funny along the way.
  7. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Mar 11, 2014
    50
    Intermittently refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant.

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