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An amnesiac medical student's memory of his lost lover is reawakened when her body turns up on his dissection table. After barely surviving an auto accident, in which his girlfriend was killed, Hiroshi is unable to remember his former life. During his convalescence, all that comes back to him is his love of medicine, prompting him to enroll in medical school. While in anatomy class, as students dissect a human body for the first time, the young female corpse on Hiroshi's table triggers buried memories of his deceased girlfriend.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Macabre yet oddly poignant, graphically physical but also metaphysical, clinical yet unexpectedly soulful."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"Beautiful and disturbing, this Asian horror art film explores the intersection between madness and grief with a serene calm that belies the psychological turmoil under its silken surface."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A typically worthless endeavor from noted hack Shinya Tsukamoto..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Vital offers its share of disturbing images and gristly medical-lab sound effects, but in the end, its pursuit of closure is surprisingly hopeful."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Vital sees Tsukamoto, a director who is never less than fascinating, in his finest form, tackling the mysteries of human identity with an elegiac calm. Vital viewing."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"As expected, Tsukamoto attacks as many of your senses as possible."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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