Critic Consensus: Himizu tells a coming-of-age story writ large, with powerfully realized characters used to explore impactful -- albeit uncomfortable -- ideas on a national scale.
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Critic Reviews for Himizu
Himizu is still not an easy film to like, but the topicality of its message about national pain and rebuilding could attract some offshore sales following its Venice and Toronto debuts.
[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.
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.
Sono retains his go-for-the-throat approach, but the violence here somehow connects with the brutal economic conditions, and he fosters very tender, affecting performances from Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô as his crushed young lovers.
Audience Reviews for Himizu
Not quite what I expected. Well acted, but a lot of violence and extremely bleak. I get that it's probably a metaphor for the tsunami which has affected the lives of many of these characters, but even so, it's a hard one to warm to. The slapping around of the 14 year old girl made me uncomfortable to watch too. I realize she slaps him also, but he starts it. A lot of unlike able characters in this.
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. Sumida must look after his family's boathouse after his parents leave. Now and again his drunk father returns to remind him that he would have been better of if Sumida had died, then he could have obtained the insurance. It's that kind of film. Sure, it's predominantly wrapped up in darkness, but there is heart and beauty also to be found. Sumida is reluctant to let anyone in, and only wishes for a 'normal' future. A series of events lead to stabbings, yakuza, rock collecting, and fighting a nazi. It's a strange film, but the strangest thing of all is how real it all feels. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the film has a distant feel but gradually lets you in and enjoy the characters. Certainly more than your average film.
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