Himizu

Critics Consensus

Himizu tells a coming-of-age story writ large, with powerfully realized characters used to explore impactful -- albeit uncomfortable -- ideas on a national scale.

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Two teenagers living in post-tsunami Japan commit violent acts against wrongdoers.

Cast & Crew

Ken Mitsuishi
Sumida's father
Makiko Watanabe
Sumida's mother
Denden
Kaneko
Yôsuke Kubozuka
Teruhiko
Shion Sono
Screenwriter
Haruo Umekawa
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Tomohide Harada
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Sôhei Tanikawa
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Jun'ichi Itô
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Kumiko Hosokawa
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Critic Reviews for Himizu

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (1)

  • Himizu is still not an easy film to like, but the topicality of its message about national pain and rebuilding could attract some offshore sales following its Venice and Toronto debuts.

    July 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.

    March 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ...

    March 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Sono retains his go-for-the-throat approach, but the violence here somehow connects with the brutal economic conditions, and he fosters very tender, affecting performances from Shta Sometani and Fumi Nikaid as his crushed young lovers.

    May 31, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • A near-masterpiece from one of the most significant directors working today, Himizu combines all the director's strengths while introducing a tentative humanism that proves remarkably affecting.

    May 31, 2012 | Rating: 4/5
  • Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.

    May 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Himizu

  • Nov 04, 2017
    Not quite what I expected. Well acted, but a lot of violence and extremely bleak. I get that it's probably a metaphor for the tsunami which has affected the lives of many of these characters, but even so, it's a hard one to warm to. The slapping around of the 14 year old girl made me uncomfortable to watch too. I realize she slaps him also, but he starts it. A lot of unlike able characters in this.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    One of my increasingly favourite directors, Sion Sono, delivers this bizarre but heartfelt look at two adolescents struggling with what life has to offer them. Sumida must look after his family's boathouse after his parents leave. Now and again his drunk father returns to remind him that he would have been better of if Sumida had died, then he could have obtained the insurance. It's that kind of film. Sure, it's predominantly wrapped up in darkness, but there is heart and beauty also to be found. Sumida is reluctant to let anyone in, and only wishes for a 'normal' future. A series of events lead to stabbings, yakuza, rock collecting, and fighting a nazi. It's a strange film, but the strangest thing of all is how real it all feels. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the film has a distant feel but gradually lets you in and enjoy the characters. Certainly more than your average film.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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