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Himizu

Himizu (2013)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Cold Fish), adapts Minoru Furuya's popular manga to tell the confrontational tale of a troubled adolescent boy whose dreams of an ordinary life are slowly eroded in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Fifteen year old Sumida (Sh˘ta Sometani) and his mother run a small boat rental business on the outskirts of the city. They don't get many customers, but the presence of some local homeless people on their property ensure that there's rarely a dull moment

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Minoru Furuya

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ...

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Despite the almost nonstop drumbeat of human cruelty, there's a surprising core of sweetness to Himizu...This is a movie that uses hopelessness as a way to explore hope.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

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.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sono's latest is overlong and fidgety, but puts its post-Fukushima context to good use.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Sono's film delivers a broadside against the self-interest and complacency of the older generation.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Its young leads are terrific, the ruined city is a fitting backdrop for mental obliteration and the wall-to-wall parental negligence references the behaviour of the disinterested elite.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

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 Sh˘ta Sometani and Fumi Nikaid˘ as his crushed young lovers.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A near-masterpiece from one of the most significant directors working today, Himizu combines all the director's strengths while introducing a tentative humanism that proves remarkably affecting.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

An uneven film brightened with the occasional flash of social comment.

May 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Over-the-top but blackly funny along the way.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Love in this teen flick is less like a red, red rose than a bloody nose.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

a coming-of-age, state-of-the-nation film which, though important in the post-tsunami context, nonetheless hardly feels like one of Sono's best.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Despite the freakishness of the plot, there is a mournful tone that the use of Mozart and Samuel Barber reinforces. This is a satirical and in some ways despairingly angry film.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
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Audience Reviews for Himizu

One of my increasingly favourite directors, Sion Sono, delivers this bizarre but heartfelt look at two adolescents struggling with what life has to offer them. Sumida must look after his family's boathouse after his parents leave. Now and again his drunk father returns to remind him that he would have been better of if Sumida had died, then he could have obtained the insurance. It's that kind of film. Sure, it's predominantly wrapped up in darkness, but there is heart and beauty also to be found. Sumida is reluctant to let anyone in, and only wishes for a 'normal' future. A series of events lead to stabbings, yakuza, rock collecting, and fighting a nazi. It's a strange film, but the strangest thing of all is how real it all feels. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the film has a distant feel but gradually lets you in and enjoy the characters. Certainly more than your average film.
January 20, 2013
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