Critic Review - Matinee Magazine

November 26, 2002 | Comments (25)
Matinee Magazine

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Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabidu

Larry David

I hate it when RT counts ratings NOT accompanied by a review. These should not count.

Oct 25 - 11:37 PM

Quadzilla99

Aaron Yovanovits

Agreed.

Apr 25 - 06:28 PM

Max the Movie Kid

Max Chittock

I hate it when Eduardo L. spams quick ratings saying that they should not count. He doesn't even do a review.

Jun 5 - 04:00 AM

Quadzilla99

Aaron Yovanovits

Who is Eduardo L.?

Feb 20 - 05:54 PM

Michael D.

Michael Donahue

I don't get it- what could anyone find wrong with this movie?

Apr 20 - 03:51 PM

Shashwat Dixit

Shashwat Dixit

seriously there is nothing wrong with the movie... this guy here spoiled its rating!

Jul 23 - 02:21 AM

Kala Man

Kala Man

where is the review?

Aug 4 - 08:56 PM

Raprap Andrada

Raprap Andrada

please delete this review because there is no review posted....

Aug 12 - 06:14 AM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Huh?

Aug 28 - 03:59 PM

Adrian MacNair

Adrian MacNair

This is a brilliant film, how could it not be rated fresh?

Oct 22 - 12:36 PM

Mike Chappell

Mike Chappell

No written review, please delete this rating until he can write one.

Nov 24 - 12:40 PM

Mikel Dever

Mikel Dever

GO DIE! You horrible, wretched human being!

Jan 6 - 08:34 PM

Shanti Seigel

Shanti Seigel

he only thing wrong with thisw movie is that it makes me want to crawl into a dark hole and die. otherwise, it is the most profound and beautiful film i have ever seen.

Mar 2 - 02:13 PM

Gabe Lyons

Gabe Lyons

GIVE THIS THE 100% IT DESERVES

Apr 6 - 09:29 AM

Tava Spice

Tava Spice

Delete the review, please!! It is a wonderful movie deserving of a 100% fresh rating!

May 3 - 04:46 PM

Frank O.

Frank Ohara

This movie was so horrible! All of the situations were avoidable. That older brother basically killed his younger sister. He had lots of money left over while his sister was dying of malnutrition! Who DOES THAT?! This story is unjustified tear jerking and anyone who thinks about it for a second will realize how illogical the characters are.

Jul 4 - 12:21 AM

Josh Leitzel

Josh Leitzel

You terrible human being.

Jul 17 - 11:38 AM

Malcolm Martin

Malcolm Martin

The extent of malnutrition the girl was suffering from was incurable by the time he got to her. This movie is based on the experiences of the author, who watched his sister die of malnutrition during the war.

Jul 22 - 05:04 PM

Aaron Broom

Aaron Broom

Well, Seito also could have swallowed his pride and sucked up to his aunt to have him and Setsuko taken back under her wing. BUT that is not the point. The point is that no fourteen year old boy should be left alone to care for his four year old sister amidst the chaos, confusion and panic of a world war. Yes, it is absolutely heartbreaking that Setsuko died of malnutrition but it is almost if not equally as sad that Seito was the one looking after her. Also, it clearly never crossed your mind that Seito didn't want to draw out all of their money because he envisioned a future for Setsuko, his father and himself. Because, if they all had survived the war, they would've needed some of that money (especially considering their home was destroyed in a bombing) to piece their lives back together. Either way, Seito shouldn't have been juggling these prospects because he was just a boy. And the characters illogical? Strange, considering it's based on an autobiographical book.

Aug 2 - 03:57 AM

Aaron Broom

Aaron Broom

Sorry if I came across a bit aggressively. I wasn't trying to be aggressive. I was just putting across some facts and idea to hopefully make you reconsider your statement.

Aug 2 - 03:59 AM

Aaron Broom

Aaron Broom

By the way, my comments were meant to be in reply to your comment, Frank Ohara, not you Malcolm Martin. I like your comment.

Aug 2 - 04:01 AM

Alexander Goldstone

Alexander Goldstone

well it's kinda based off an autobiographical book where the main character is seita and yes in real life, the brother led to the death of his sister for those very reasons. He was so guilty, that he wrote the novel to hopefully make himself feel less guilty. Not sure how it worked. But technically you are right, you ask WHO DOES THAT? Well, Nosaka Akiyuki, who decided to chose himself over his sister and will live with the guilt till the day he dies.

Aug 8 - 10:06 PM

Malcolm Martin

Malcolm Martin

I don't know if it was that. It seemed to me that Seita was trying to do all that he could to keep Setsuko well, unfortunately as a child himself, he could not tell the difference between keeping Setsuko happy and keeping her well. He never got a job so he could spend more time with Setsuko, he let his aunt's place because she was making Setsuko miserable, he didn't leave town to get the money out of his mother's account until it was too late because he was too afraid that something might happen Setsuko while he was gone. It seemed to me that he meant well, but his ignorance in the ways of the world doomed his sister and inevitably, him as well.

Aug 10 - 11:37 AM

Aaron Broom

Aaron Broom

OMG, precisely.

Aug 11 - 02:59 PM

Cheryl Lim

Cheryl Lim

Well written. To add on, it is the exact mistakes he made that may seem "avoidable" that really bring out the depth of this movie as a semi-autobiography - no human is perfect, although his heart was nearly perfect.

We always see tragedy in movies that are strictly results of bad luck and hardly ever attributable to the protagonists. This movie shows you tragedy that actually happens and has happened countless of times before, and that is what really touches the audience.

This is just a guess, but the protagonist's death reflects the "mental death" of Nosaka himself, who managed to survive in reality but goes on to suffer incredible guilt for the rest of his life.

It really is unjust to judge Seito as anywhere remotely near selfish. Sometimes, to be the only survivor left amidst a land of unforgiving chaos can be the greatest ordeal and tragedy one has to suffer.

Aug 24 - 09:50 PM

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