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A Girl Missing (Yokogao) Reviews

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August 13, 2020
If viewers are open to [a non-linear] narrative, A Girl Missing tells a richly layered story about self-identity, how people present themselves to society, and how those perceptions can affect how society treats them in return.
August 3, 2020
Serves as a social critique and a more personalized critique of a certain personality type (Ichiko's) that embraces social norms more out of convenience and comfort than their rightness or correctness.
August 2, 2020
I'm recommending it only because I find what happens to Ichiko in both her predicament and her character arc, utterly fascinating to watch.
July 31, 2020
A low-key showcase for Fukada's returning collaborator Mariko Tsutsui.
July 31, 2020
There's a strong performance at the center that keeps it moving as Fukada rations out the story twists, but what's missing here is a radical restructuring of a frustrating screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2020
[T]he anticlimactic nature of it all is the real point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2020
For the most part, A Girl Missing is a writing achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2020
Only by paying close attention to the lead character's changing hairstyle and wardrobe can we follow the story's convoluted crescendo of thwarted passion and unadulterated rage.
July 29, 2020
There's no denying the seductive powers of A Girl Missing, which gestures at the rot beneath the surface of politesse... Yet [director Kji] Fukada loses sight of his own blind spots and his own intentions in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 25, 2020
Fukada has delivered another subtle, startling and demanding drama about lives upended in a country that rarely gives us any hint this sort of thing happens...It won't be to every taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2019
A steadily absorbing crime thriller with at least two satisfying twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2019
In a way, it's something very different than most crime dramas, but that may not be for the better.
September 26, 2019
Akin to his previous film "Harmonium" (2016), Fukada's storytelling is suspenseful and nuanced. Here in "A Girl Missing", his handling is even more high-strung and dramatic.
September 7, 2019
Kji Fukada adores stray textures that stick in the proverbial throat and free-associatively affirm his characters' rootlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2019
Fukada's film is mad but wildly engrossing, imagining a cruel world where unrequited love plus time makes for a fatal sum.
August 19, 2019
You'll be so busy trying to piece the plot together that you won't have time to question how little sense some of it makes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 12, 2019
Reuniting with his Harmonium lead Mariko Tsutsui, Fukada creates another emotionally palpable tale about perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 11, 2019
A disappointing and unmoving drama of how a good woman's life is shattered by keeping quiet.
August 11, 2019
A deft and absorbing multi-pronged tale about a kind, hard-working woman whose life becomes a morass of collateral damage, A Girl Missing is satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told.
July 24, 2019
[Koji Fukada] gives his actors space to create wordless moments that speak eloquently.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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