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502 Ratings



Directed by Sion Sono
Japan, 2011


The story of a boy and a girl who are confronted with a horrific personal reality against the backdrop of the earthquake in Japan.

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Himizu Directed by Sion Sono
Abrupt shifts from tender comedy to jarring violence are found throughout Himizu, which dexterously balances an array of tones… Rather than offering up empty shock value, the brutality feels suitable, even logical, a disarmingly experiential ploy that implicates the audience in its acceptance of violent images.
August 25, 2016
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Yet the most aggressively cathartic, and best, of [Sono’s post-Fukushima] films is Himizu… [It’s] filled with explicit and suggestive violence, yet it stands as one of the director’s most hopeful and humane films.
October 13, 2014
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The setting is simultaneously breathtaking and heartbreaking, and almost unbelievable merely three years later. Fukushima post-3/11 was a wasted landscape of destroyed and abandoned buildings that went on for miles and miles, and in Sono’s hands, it becomes a perfect symbol for his characters’ anguished lives. The stark visuals, in combination with extensive use of Mozart’s Requiem on the soundtrack, creates a mood imbued with power and meaning even before the first dialogue is spoken.
March 18, 2014
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