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For a junior high schooler Yuichi Sumida (Shota Sometani), the only wish in his life is to become an ordinary and normal man. Having no big dream but hoping to live without bothering anybody, he lives a quiet life in his family's rental boat shop with his neglecting mother. His classmate Keiko Chazawa (Fumi Nikaidou) has a major crush on Sumida and finds happiness by getting to know him despite being the source of his annoyance.
His long-gone father only comes back home when he is drunk and needs extra cash, every time being violent physically and verbally against his son; he curses the life of the son for bringing the couple a total misery that Yuichi should've been dead long time ago. His mother, worsening the situation, runs off with her lover, leaving the young son alone without money or anybody to rely on. Chazawa desperately tries to cheer up Sumida who is giving up on his life already, and the things seem to calm down around him somehow with her help; One night, however, the drunken father shows up again, cursing him just as always, the son could not contain his anger and sadness anymore that he impulsively kills the father.
Realizing that he can never become the person he always aspires to be - "normal and ordinary," Yuichi becomes obsessed to take sanctions against potentially evil people in the society and gradually become absorbed in the world of despair and madness; Will he fulfill his new dark desire, or will his soul relive and see the sunshine in his life once again?
Director SONO Sion / Biography
Born in Aichi, Japan. In 1987, "Otoko no Hanamichi" won the Grand Prize at Pia Film Festival 1987. "Bicycle Sighs" (1990) was premiered in Berlin International Film Festival. A shocking film "Suicide Club" (2001) won the Jury Prize for Most Ground-Breaking Film in Fantasia International Film Festival 2003.
In 2009, "Love Exposure" won FIPRESCI Prize and Caligari Film Award at Berlin International Film Festival 2009. His next film "Cold Fish" was world-premiered for Orizzonti in Venice International Film Festival 2010, and his latest film "Guilty of Romance" was premiered at the Canne's Directors' Fortnight 2011. His works have been highly appraised internationally, and the fans around the world are always on the lookout for his latest work.
Director / Screenplay Sono Sion
Original comic "HIMIZU" by Minoru Furuya ©Minoru Furuya/KODANSHA Ltd.
Chief Executive Producer Tom Yoda
Executive Producer Satomi Odake
Producers Haruo Umekawa
Co-producer Mizue Kunizane
Music by Tomohide Harada
Cinematographer Sohei Tanikawa
Production Designer Takashi Matsuzuka
Lighting Designer Yasuhiro Kaneko
Sound Recording by Akira Fukada
Editor Junichi Ito
Sound Effect by Masatoshi Saito
Action Director Tak Sakaguchi
129 min / Color / VISTA / Dolby SR
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