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Ikigami, (Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit) (2008)

Ikigami, (Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit) (2008)





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Imagine an ugly future in which the government randomly selects individuals under the age of 24 for sudden death - and taps others to deliver the death warrants. Such is the vile realm on display in Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, a dark and disturbing Japanese science-fiction saga from director Tomoyuki Takimoto. The dystopia in question systematically injects a lethal "nanocapsule" into the pulmonary artery of each newborn - capsules that remain dormant for years until the government activates them. Kengo Fujimoto (Shota Matsuda) miraculously manages to escape death in this manner, but receives a more ominous notice: he's been selected to pass out the 'ikigami,' or death warrants, telling each individual that he or she has only 24 more hours to live. Inside, Kengo finds the law repellent, but he feels powerless to act, and thus responds with complete passivity. At the same time, however, he must emotionally contend with the horrified and devastated reactions of each victim.


Takashi Tsukamoto
as Hidekazu Morio
Riko Narumi
as Sakura Iizuka
Shota Matsuda
as Kengo Fujimoto
Takayuki Yamada
as Satoshi Iizuka
Akira Emoto
as Counselor
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What would you do if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live? The concept behind this movie was very very intriguing and the execution even better. A government mandated program makes 1 in 1000 citizens receive an Ikigami (or Death Note) specifying their exact time of death. This program has resulted in high GDP, lower suicide rate, and increased civil service as no one knows who or when they will die. Their is a lot of suspense and well executed story-telling as we are shown how the ikigami affects the target and their families/friends. Great drama and suspense, music and camera work at just that right moment to elicit an emotional response. Highly recommended and I can only hope those last hints at the end will mean a possible sequel in the future...

Zachary Long
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