• 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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Luke B

Super Reviewer

January 20, 2013
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.
July 20, 2014
post-tsunami blues coming of age tale. depressing and contemporary.
June 3, 2014
There is hope, after all
December 29, 2012
Some may call it a character study.
To me, it's a study of character exaggeration, that accumulates to the point when you don't care anymore.
July 23, 2013
Sion Sono masterfully depicts life in post-tsunami Japan in this tale of love, hate, despair and hope. Touching music and a stunning performance by Fumi Nikaido make this movie an emotional roller coaster. See at all costs.
November 18, 2012
I usually enjoy the tragedy but really couldn't stand all these mentally-ill characters in "Himizu." A post-tsunami Japanese film depicted the breaking points of human being and effects from bad families through young generation. The movie presented a lot of insanity which was hard to believe and made me wonder how many normal people are left there in Japan after the disaster.
October 15, 2012
A typical Sion movie, interesting setting but not much in the way of surprises.
August 26, 2012
canā(TM)t get over this film..
August 25, 2012
Dark and twisted. Tells a great story of two teenagers trying to survive the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami.
July 27, 2012
Another great film from Sono!
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