Kanaria (Canary)
Kanaria (Canary) (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

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.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

It lacks the punch of Shiota's previous explorations of traumatized teen spirits, but the film still leaves bruises in all the right places.

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

I was counting off the minutes long before a silly "saved from the blessings of civilization" non-ending.

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Simon Abrams
New York Press

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.

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