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Himizu Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
April 17, 2012
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.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 1, 2014
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.
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 16, 2013
Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.
John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep
April 12, 2012
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.
Isabel Stevens
ViewLondon
May 30, 2012
An uneven film brightened with the occasional flash of social comment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
June 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 1, 2012
Sono's latest is overlong and fidgety, but puts its post-Fukushima context to good use.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
March 13, 2014
[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies
May 31, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 16, 2012
Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
June 1, 2012
Sono's film delivers a broadside against the self-interest and complacency of the older generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
March 11, 2014
Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ...
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 31, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
May 23, 2012
Love in this teen flick is less like a red, red rose than a bloody nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 28, 2012
Over-the-top but blackly funny along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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