Directed by Shion Sono and released in it’s home country of Japan in 2012.
Shion Sono is a director most known for his incredibly violent films (Suicide Club, Cold Fish, Noriko’s Dinner Table, Love Exposure) so it’s quite odd to see him do something so left-field such as this. Even though that may be true, many of Sono’s trademarks shine through with this feature, many of which relate back to one of his more recent films Love Exposure – the two main characters of which clearly draw parallels to that of the the two main characters in Himizu, which is actually the term for a specific breed of mole in Japan.
Sadly the screenplay for Himizu is very weak and feels like it was written in a very short amount of time. However there is a logical explanation for this: the film is based on a manga and was then adapted shortly after completion to fit around the deadly earthquake that hit Japan in March of 2011. While the screenplay is lacking in conviction I cannot praise the ensemble of actors in this film. They each give splendid performances even with the awful characters that they have been given to portray.
Despite the bad writing, the film stands out as a clear message to the youth of Japan, in the wake of one of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded, that there is a future for them regardless of what they may think.