as Keita tamura
as Keiko tamura
as Sumida's father
as Sumida's mother
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Critic Reviews for Himizu
[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.
Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.
Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.
Despite the almost nonstop drumbeat of human cruelty, there's a surprising core of sweetness to Himizu...This is a movie that uses hopelessness as a way to explore hope.
Sion Sono's film is a vision of coming of age as trial by fire, a thunderous encapsulation of that period of transition in which adolescents try to discover themselves: their passions, their purpose, their sense of morality.
Audience Reviews for Himizu
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.
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.
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