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Vital (2005)

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Movie Info

An amnesiac medical student's memory of his lost lover is reawakened when her body turns up on his dissection table. After barely surviving an auto accident, in which his girlfriend was killed, Hiroshi is unable to remember his former life. During his convalescence, all that comes back to him is his love of medicine, prompting him to enroll in medical school. While in anatomy class, as students dissect a human body for the first time, the young female corpse on Hiroshi's table triggers buried memories of his deceased girlfriend.more
Rating: R (for some aberrant sexual behavior, disturbing images and brief language.)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2006
Runtime:
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Cast

Tadanobu Asano
as Hiroshi Takagi
Kiki
as Ikumi
Ittoku Kushida
as Dr. Kashiwabuchi
Kazumi Kushida
as Hiroshi's Father
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Critic Reviews for Vital

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Macabre yet oddly poignant, graphically physical but also metaphysical, clinical yet unexpectedly soulful.

Full Review… | June 30, 2005
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A typically worthless endeavor from noted hack Shinya Tsukamoto...

Full Review… | January 27, 2013
Reel Film Reviews

Vital sees Tsukamoto, a director who is never less than fascinating, in his finest form, tackling the mysteries of human identity with an elegiac calm. Vital viewing.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Eye for Film

Beautiful and disturbing, this Asian horror art film explores the intersection between madness and grief with a serene calm that belies the psychological turmoil under its silken surface.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Flick Filosopher

Vital offers its share of disturbing images and gristly medical-lab sound effects, but in the end, its pursuit of closure is surprisingly hopeful.

Full Review… | August 4, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Vital

What was the point of this movie is beyond me, sure, Tsukamoto is once more exploring the human mind and body. What he was trying to say with this movie? I have no idea, i can barely remember seeing it. I must be missing something, but even if the movie has a good point about...anything at all, it feels cold and distant regarding the subject.

DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

Art-house movies aren't usually my cup of tea but the morbid nature of the story interested me enough to capture my attention. It's about a guy that survives a car accident but looses his memory in the aftermath who then enroles in medical school and his memory soon starts to come back to him slowly during his dissection classes as he unknowingly starts to cut up the dead preserved body of his former dead girlfriend. It's a tad slow but quite beautiful and hypnotic to look at and the story is touching and emotional without being too melodramatic. It won't be for everyone, and even though I didn't find it great, it ended up being a pleasant surprise.

WrenchLT
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

½

Somber, fascinating film about one man's journey to reclaim his memory of his life and love... while he dissects her corpse. Not as graphic as it sounds, this is a very adult film that probes identity and emotion without really wallowing in the visceral.

Beefy
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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