Film probes Japan’s post-quake violence

© 2011 Himizu Film Partners

The screenplay for Himizu (R16), a drama based on a manga comic of the same name, was completed just before the deadly quake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

Film director Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Cold Fish) quickly re-wrote the film to incorporate a location in the devastated Fukushima prefecture, locating the disaster plot elements within the film. The quick filming turn-around, meant Himizu was the first major movie out of Japan following the tragedy.

Post-quake Fukushima was a wasted landscape of destroyed and abandoned buildings, and becomes a perfect symbol for the characters’ anguished lives.

The film follows two teenagers – Yuichi and Keiko. Facing abandonment by each of their parents, Yuichi is finally pushed too far and embarks on a violent campaign of revenge against what he sees as society's evildoers.

The film screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011, where lead actors Shōta Sometani and Fumi Nikaido received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor and Actress.

The film will be played at Massey University’s Auckland campus at Albany on Wednesday March 2, as part of the monthly Japanese film screenings.

Please note: There has been a change to the 2016 schedule for the Japanese film screenings. The films will now play on the first Wednesday of the month at 12.15. Preceding the main feature is a short documentary on life and culture in Japan, which will start at midday.

The film will be screened in the Atrium Round Room on the ground floor of the Atrium Building. There is free parking available on campus in front of Quadrangle A and at the rear of the Atrium building.

Himizu is rated R16.

Running time: 130 minutes.

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