Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu)

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Harmonium's simple setup lays brilliantly effective groundwork for a well-constructed, powerfully acted look at truth and consequences.



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With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Koji Fukada creates an explosive family drama with HARMONIUM (FUCHI NI TATSU). Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy HOSPITALITE, HARMONIUM returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio, his wife, and their younger daughter Hotaru carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka, an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison, in his workshop.

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as Takashi Yamakami
Kana Mahiro
as Hotaru (Adult)

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  • Is there anything more gratifying than a sweepingly downcast story told in a uniquely exhilarating manner?

    Jul 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Tadanobu Asano, who plays the ex-con, has rarely been better, and Kanji Furutachi and Mariko Tsutsui are heartbreaking as the husband and wife.

    Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The spare, humanist influence of Ozu is plain to see here, but Fukada's tone is all his own, simultaneously shot through with violence and compassion.

    Jul 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • It makes for a uniquely churning mix of detective story and recovery drama before it throws another wrenching reveal into the works.

    Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Fukada never resorts to melodramatics, and instead allows the carefully calibrated performances to give the movie its disquieting power.

    Jun 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • If you treat Harmonium like a mood piece, and respond to it on that level, you'll find yourself thinking about it long after you watch it.

    Jun 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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