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Face (2000)

Face (2000)





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Junji Sakamoto spins this tale of a socially inept yet indomitable woman searching for freedom and self-respect. Set in Kobe at the beginning of 1995, the film introduces Masako (Naomi Fujiyama), a withdrawn, middle-aged woman living above her mother's dry cleaning shop. She rarely leaves the house and is often tormented by her pretty younger sister. After their mother suddenly dies, the sisters' sibling rivalry takes a rather nasty turn. Immediately after the funeral, Masako strangles her sister in an explosion of rage and humiliation. Just as she stumbles into life on the run, the Kobe earthquake strikes. Terrified that the disaster is some divine retribution for her crime, she flees willy-nilly to Osaka, where, after losing her virginity to a rape, she finds shelter and eventually employment at a "love hotel." When the owner of that establishment hangs himself to escape a mountain of bad debt, Masako flees to Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu. There she falls in love with a down-and-out salesman and finds camaraderie with a world-weary bar owner. In spite of the constant air of violence and the occasional rape, Masako blossoms in her new surroundings until her past -- and the police -- start to catch up with her. This film was screened at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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This film shows senseless murder, shows suicides and shows a woman enjoying being raped. It's not pleasant, not funny and I have a difficult time understanding why anyone likes it.

carol wood
carol wood

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/12/250412.jpg[/img]The story of a socially awkward seamstress and her unexpected, darkly humorous journey, FACE brought international attention to its innovative director, Junji Sakamoto, and to Naomi Fujiyama, a Japanese stage actress making her searing film debut. Fujiyama plays Masako, whose unhappy life is turned upside down by a series of tragic occurrences in her family. She becomes a fugitive, but her odyssey through the Japanese countryside--marked by unexpected twists and fascinating characters--proves strangely liberating. [b]Lead actress Naomi Fujiyama gives one of the most powerful & effective performances in any movie I've seen. Very moving, at times darkly humurous story of this woman's life on the run after killing her mean sister. I really felt for this woman, and she gives a commanding performance that evokes a lot of sympathy. Highly recommended.[/b] :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh:

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