Himizu (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2014
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Miriam Bale
New York Times

[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

Sono's latest is overlong and fidgety, but puts its post-Fukushima context to good use.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice

Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ...

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

Sono's film delivers a broadside against the self-interest and complacency of the older generation.

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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly

Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

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.

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Emma Simmonds
The List

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
One of my increasingly favourite directors, Sion Sono, delivers this bizarre but heartfelt look at two adolescents struggling with what life has to offer them.… More