Vital (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Rooney

Macabre yet oddly poignant, graphically physical but also metaphysical, clinical yet unexpectedly soulful.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A typically worthless endeavor from noted hack Shinya Tsukamoto...

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

Vital offers its share of disturbing images and gristly medical-lab sound effects, but in the end, its pursuit of closure is surprisingly hopeful.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

As expected, Tsukamoto attacks as many of your senses as possible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
What was the point of this movie is beyond me, sure, Tsukamoto is once more exploring the human mind and body. What he was trying to say with this movie? I have… More
Kylie B
Aside from the attractiveness of Tadanobu Asano and the two female leads, this film has a lot to reccommend itself. I enjoyed the very emotionally stilted… More
Lee ?
Art-house movies aren't usually my cup of tea but the morbid nature of the story interested me enough to capture my attention. It's about a guy that… More
Christopher Brown
Another good one from Tsukamoto. An exploration of death and a man gradually remembering life by dissecting his dead girlfriend. Bizarre and elegant in… More
Steve K
Somber, fascinating film about one man's journey to reclaim his memory of his life and love... while he dissects her corpse. Not as graphic as it sounds,… More
FanGirl Browncoat
It's decent in that creepy kinky way. I saw it less than a week ago and already almost couldn't remember it though.