• Unrated, 2 hr. 9 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sion Sono
    In Theaters:
    Jan 21, 2013 Limited
  • Olive Films


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Himizu Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Eye for 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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

April 17, 2012
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

April 1, 2014
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
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Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 16, 2013
John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep

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.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

April 12, 2012
Isabel Stevens

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

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 30, 2012
Emma Simmonds
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

June 1, 2012
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 11, 2014
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

June 1, 2012
Miriam Bale
New York Times
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[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.

Full Review Source: New York Times

March 13, 2014
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies

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 Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2012
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 1, 2012
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
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Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 11, 2014
Mike McCahill

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2012
Jamie Russell
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2012
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