£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members
As 2001’s Suicide Club and last year’s Guilty of Romance illustrate, Sion Sono has a penchant for layering his disturbing, visceral filmmaking over real-life occurrences. A prolific writer, poet, performance artist and director, Sono had actually finished his original adaptation of Minoru Furuya’s manga at the time of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, but was compelled to write that tragic event into his latest film.
Set in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Himizu tells the story of adolescent Sumida and besotted classmate Keiko, the former struggling to attain some form of respectable, ordinary life in the face of monstrous parents, and amid a muddy, strikingly rendered post-apocalyptic landscape populated with criminals and desperate tsunami refugees.
Oscillating between violence, melodrama, romance and comedy, Sono’s response to the still-raw wound of the quake is an idiosyncratic clash of styles, but one that builds to a powerful, cathartic conclusion
"... a near masterpiece from one of the most significant directors working today” Little White Lies
Dir: Sion Sono, 2011, Japan, Japanese with English subtitles, 129 mins.
Cast: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe.
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