Cut (2011)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

A man is willing to sacrifice his body for the sake of the art that feeds his soul in this unusual drama from director Amir Naderi. Shuji (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is an independent filmmaker who is a fervent believer in what he calls "pure cinema," and loathes commercial movies that are made to satisfy the lowest common denominator without engaging the creative spirit. When he isn't trying to put his next project together, Shuji is lecturing passer-bys about important films and hosting screenings of cherished classics on the roof of a building. After Shuji's brother, who helped bankroll his movies, turns up dead, the filmmaker makes a shocking discovery -- his brother borrowed the money from a loan shark, and his failure to pay caused gangsters to murder him. Mobster Masaki (Shun Sugata) tells Shuji it's up to him to pay off the loan; the film buff doesn't have the cash, so instead he arranges for the gangsters to pummel him for the amusement of others for ten days, using his passion for cinema as a distraction to get him through the experience. A collaboration between an Iranian director and a Japanese cast and crew, Cut was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:


Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Cut

All Critics (1)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Top Critic

Amir Nedari's Cut is a punishing work of movie love, equal parts powerful and calamitous.

Full Review… | April 22, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Cut

Amir Nader, the director, apparently is a true Cinema lover. And this one is a proof & a statement against some situations seen in contemporary Cinema. The execution/ metaphor, however, is real repelling.


An odd duck of a movie. Very interesting, though I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Combines a passion for historical cinema with a Yakuza story and Fight Club. Peculiarly, for a movie that incessantly decries the death of cinema, the movie is made in the style of the ultra-low-budget Christian Dramas I'd watch on television occasional Sunday mornings in the early 70s. It has all the earmarks of those TV dramas - the ultra-high contrast video look; the golden color palate; the wide open sets with spare dressing; the immobile cameras catching medium shots with occasional closeups; the minimalist, slightly echoey sound design. Just a really odd choice for a movie extolling the virtues and bemoaning the loss of "pure cinema."

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Discussion Forum

Discuss Cut on our Movie forum!

News & Features