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Jeanne, a French journalist, comes to Japan in search of 'Vision', a rare medicinal herb said to strip away all spiritual anguish and weaknesses in human beings. She knows that 'Vision' only appears once every 997 years under special conditions and that time is near. Aki, a wise villager who knows the forest well, prophesies the arrival of the mysterious 'One' and then disappears. Tomo, who was devoted to Aki, works as a keeper of the forests and is beginning to sense, instinctively, recent changes in the mountains. Is there a connection between the disappearance of Aki and the changes taking place in the forest? Will Jeanne succeed in finding the phantom herb Vision? A millennial event is taking place in the Yoshino mountains of Nara, opening a door to the One and the true potential of human existence.


Critic Reviews for Vision

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (5)

  • The final result is a mixed hessian bag of Kawase's best and worst creative impulses; still, buoyed by Binoche's ever-disarming presence, it should be her most widely distributed work to date.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • The soporific pace and twee quasi-environmentalist, semi-mystical guff about life cycles and dreams foretold will annoy some viewers.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If you frequently immerse yourself in Japanese cinema, the chances are that you will love this film. If it's still exotic to you, be prepared to merely admire it.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The artifice of the story ends up flooding the story in the name of a complex spirituality. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • One of Naomi Kawase's most enigmatic films and a work rich in details. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Director Naomi] Kawase returns to her metaphysical forests, but very confused. [Full review in Spanish]

    Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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