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Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Cold Fish), adapts Minoru Furuya's popular manga to tell the confrontational tale of a troubled adolescent boy whose dreams of an ordinary life are slowly eroded in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Fifteen year old Sumida (Sh˘ta Sometani) and his mother run a small boat rental business on the outskirts of the city. They don't get many customers, but the presence of some local homeless people on their property ensure that there's rarely a dull moment around the shop. Meanwhile, at school, Sumida's classmate Keiko (Fumi Nikaidou) makes… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Sono's latest is overlong and fidgety, but puts its post-Fukushima context to good use."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Sono retains his go-for-the-throat approach, but the violence here somehow connects with the brutal economic conditions, and he fosters very tender, affecting performances from Sh˘ta Sometani and Fumi Nikaid˘ as his crushed young lovers."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Over-the-top but blackly funny along the way."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ..."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"Despite the almost nonstop drumbeat of human cruelty, there's a surprising core of sweetness to Himizu...This is a movie that uses hopelessness as a way to explore hope."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Sono's film delivers a broadside against the self-interest and complacency of the older generation."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"A near-masterpiece from one of the most significant directors working today, Himizu combines all the director's strengths while introducing a tentative humanism that proves remarkably affecting."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Little White Lies
"Love in this teen flick is less like a red, red rose than a bloody nose."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study."
‑ Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly
"Sion Sono's film is a vision of coming of age as trial by fire, a thunderous encapsulation of that period of transition in which adolescents try to discover themselves: their passions, their purpose, their sense of morality."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"Its young leads are terrific, the ruined city is a fitting backdrop for mental obliteration and the wall-to-wall parental negligence references the behaviour of the disinterested elite."
‑ Emma Simmonds, The List
"An uneven film brightened with the occasional flash of social comment."
‑ Isabel Stevens, ViewLondon
"a coming-of-age, state-of-the-nation film which, though important in the post-tsunami context, nonetheless hardly feels like one of Sono's best."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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