Kanaria (Canary)
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Inspired by the deadly sarin gas attacks on a Tokyo subway back in 1995, director Akihiko Shiota's introspective psychological drama follows the journey of a young boy attempting to reconnect with his estranged mother and sister after a horrific terrorist attack. The Nirvana cult has committed an unspeakable act, and now that the group has been disbanded, its child members are being taken in by welfare services. Twelve-year-old Koichi (Hoshi Ishida) is just such a child. His father was a member of the Nirvana cult, and now Koichi has no one to turn to. Enraged and confused at being made a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the writer-director, Akihiko Shiota, sometimes strains too hard for mythic import, his patience is a gift. As Yuki watches a blind woman fashion an origami bird, the characters' connection to a simpler, collective past is evident in every perfect fold."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The Orient's relatively-eloquent answer to Eminem's 8-Mile and 50-Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin', replete with gangsta' rap on the soundtrack."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"It lacks the punch of Shiota's previous explorations of traumatized teen spirits, but the film still leaves bruises in all the right places."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Gripping "road movie" featuring two remarkably well-developed 12 year old characters played consummately by two gifted child actors. Set against backdrop of infamous Tokyo subway sarin massacre cult."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"I was counting off the minutes long before a silly "saved from the blessings of civilization" non-ending."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"In Canary, the audience is encouraged to sit back and allow sleepily serene scenes of quiet isolation to limit their opinions to tranquil tsk-tsks."
‑ Simon Abrams, New York Press
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