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Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Taiga
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?

July 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.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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

July 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Fukada never resorts to melodramatics, and instead allows the carefully calibrated performances to give the movie its disquieting power.

June 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.

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

This chilly tale of violent secrets and unvoiced misery relies heavily on the skill of actors who seem to know that one false move could tip the whole enterprise into comedy.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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