Released: 01/06/2012 Released in key citiesHimizu's young actors were winners in Venice last year, for playing classmates Yuichi and Keiko, living in a devastated post-tsunami landscape with parents that despise them and aren't afraid to show it (Keiko's mother builds a set of gallows to make sure her daughter gets the message). A customarily brutal feature from cult director, Shion Sono, based on Minoru Furnuya's manga. For more information visit: http://thirdwindowfilms.com/films/himizu Buy: http://www.ica.org.uk/33178/Film/Himizu.html Watch:
The Independent“Wildly uneven in tone...” Shota Sometani is very impressive and there is a feisty performance from Fumi Nikaido as the female classmate who reveres him. If Sion had concentrated on these two characters, the film would have worked well enough...
Guardian“Tender, affecting performances from Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô...” Not only staggering images that exemplify our tumbledown world but what may become one of the great themes of our time: how the young will bear the yoke of elders who've been wiped out– financially, geographically, emotionally– by recent events..
Little White Lies“A near-masterpiece from one of the most significant directors...” Himizu combines all the director’s strengths while introducing a tentative humanism that proves remarkably affecting...
Empire“Over-the-top but blackly funny along the way...” Darkly comic, technically audacious but dramatically reckless and typically excessive Sono reworking of a Minoru Furuya manga...
Time Out“Sono’s dedication to excess is impressive but frustrating...” Complex, confused and lacking in focus, but it’s shot through with moments of astonishing power and clarity...
Total Film “Aggression lurks in every scene - even the romantic ones...” Sono's absorbing if erratic comedy is menaced by Dolby-battering audio, neo-Nazis, Yakuza thugs and dream sequences shot on location in the tsunami’s wake...
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