Vital (2005)



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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.


Critic Reviews for Vital

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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

Jun 30, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Jan 27, 2013 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 10, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 11, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Aug 4, 2005 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

As expected, Tsukamoto attacks as many of your senses as possible.

Feb 26, 2005

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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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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.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

Aside from the attractiveness of Tadanobu Asano and the two female leads, this film has a lot to reccommend itself. I enjoyed the very emotionally stilted acting, and has plenty of tension to keep the viewer hooked.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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