Eureka (Yūreka)
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One of the leading voices in the new Japanese cinema, Shinji Aoyama directs this saga about memory, grief, and redemption. Shot in stark black and white, the film opens with the sudden and inexplicably bloody hijacking of a bus in rural Kyushu. The crazed gunman (Riju Go) shoots two passengers in the back as they try to flee. Stepping out of the bus for some fresh air, the hijacker drags bus driver Makoto (played by the ubiquitous Koji Yakusho) along for cover. When the driver faints and falls to the ground, police snipers shoot the terrorist. In his last dying effort, the hijacker stumbles… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Aoyama needs to put the editing into other hands."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Its rewards are greater than any bright-and-tight Hollywood movie you've seen so far this year."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Beautiful film. The length of this may frighten people away but it shouldn't, this suspends time."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Patient viewers will find ample rewards in its 217 minutes of eloquently filmed cinema."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"While director Shinji Aoyama's style is understated, meditative and deliberate, he manages to grab the viewer from the very beginning, and rarely lets go."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, Citysearch
"This is a film to visually savor."
‑ Nicole Arthur, Washington Post
"Don't let the running time scare you away from the exceptional bit of filmmaking."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Koji Yakusho grounds the film with his emotional truth"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Events and characters point in familiar directions, but Eureka is rarely familiar."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"It does manage to generate enough empathy for the three central figures to keep audiences engaged well past the half-way point."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"You feel time slipping through your fingers, but, gorgeous and studied to a fault, the film doesn't give you time to look down at your hands."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"To watch this film, in short, can be a transforming experience."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Without question, the film could have been a bit shorter, especially towards the end, but Eureka is a powerful, luxurious study of lives changed in the aftermath of violence."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not always dramatically satisfying but fascinating and mesmerizing to watch."
‑ , E! Online
""Eureka" churns with unsettled emotions under a serene surface and a dark murder mystery that hangs over its soul-scarred orphans."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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