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Language: English
Category: Movie / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Original Title: Kawaki
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Writers: Akio Fukamachi,Tetsuya Nakashima
Released: 2014
Duration: 1h 58min
Video type: Movie
Kanako, a beautiful girl and one of the best students at school, goes missing with all the belongings left behind in her room. Her father Akikazu is now asked by his ex-wife to look for their daughter. He starts a desperate search of Kanako using any means, in the hope of getting his "ideal" family back in place despite the fact that the very reason of the family breakup was because of his problematic personality and behaviors. Following tracks of her past and present and talking to her "friends," he starts to get to know his daughter whom he never knew or didn't even attempt to know. When Akikazu is led to one clue, he realizes the world Kanako was facing beyond his imagination... Can the father find his daughter, and get back his perfect happy family he has dreamed of after all these years?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho Kôji Yakusho - Akikazu Fujishima
Nana Komatsu Nana Komatsu - Kanako Fujishima
Satoshi Tsumabuki Satoshi Tsumabuki - Detective Asai
Hiroya Shimizu Hiroya Shimizu - I / narrator
Fumi Nikaidô Fumi Nikaidô - Nami Endo (Kanako's ex-middle school classmate)
Ai Hashimoto Ai Hashimoto - Emi Morishita (Kanako's high school friend)
Jun Kunimura Jun Kunimura - Dr.Tsujimura
Joe Odagiri Joe Odagiri - Detective Aikawa
Miki Nakatani Miki Nakatani - Rie Azuma
Aoi Morikawa Aoi Morikawa - Tomoko Nagano
Munetaka Aoki Munetaka Aoki - Sakiyama
Asuka Kurosawa Asuka Kurosawa - Kiriko Fujishima
Mahiro Takasugi Mahiro Takasugi - Yasuhiro Matsunaga
Shôno Hayama Shôno Hayama - Boy with blonde hair
Hiroki Nakajima Hiroki Nakajima - Shimazu

Toho Company refused to make this film.

The script had more action sequences but director Tetsuya Nakashima cut them down, because they were too difficult for him to film.

After finished this film, director Tetsuya Nakashima had directed NTT Docomo's TV commercials. Also starring Nana Komatsu.



Reviews: [25]

  • avatar

    Vivaral

    I have no idea what to say. It's impossible not to go "What The Hell" like, a 100 times until the end of the movie. I can't even describe it.

    ===1. STORY - 6/10===

    The story's pretty much about a father searching for his lost daughter, who has been missing for about a week. Every step closer to finding his daughter, sheds a new light on his daughter's true colours. Quite an adventure. It gave me new ideas and tips on to how to create a real thrilling story.

    The downside is, watching this movie made me walk over to a corner, get down into a fetus position, and rock back and forth. It was REALLY violent, REALLY disturbing, ABSOLUTELY depressing and OVER THE TOP disgusting.

    The upside is, however, was it wasn't one of those films with random killing and stuff. The movie actually had a story. Everything'll be explained throughout the movie until the credits. All they did was add a little more bonkers into every action they did.

    ===2. ACTING - 9/10===

    The acting however, was absolutely fantastic. Akikazu, Kanako, and everyone else. They all did an amazing job. The movie's true aim was to show that you can't trust anybody but yourself. In the movie, you think that the character seems nice, but next thing you know, they just go ridiculously crazy.

    ===3. CINEMATOGRAPHY - 9/10===

    The cinematography and imagery were REALLY good. It really gave the vibe of a dark,cold and sad world.

    ===4. SOUNDTRACK - 8.5/10===

    The music's really good too. Playing some classic Dean Martin hits while a murder is taking place. It really gave me the feeling of uneasiness they wanted to deliver.

    ===5. OVERALL - 7/10===

    Never watch this at a family gathering.

    I watched this movie because I loved the film "Kamikaze Girls" which was made by the same director. But instead, I got a film with a 'slice of hell' mushed all over it.

    Moral To Story: Never do drugs.
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    HappyLove

    It is very violent. More than that, it is disturbing, depressing and desperate. We follows our protagonist, former detective and divorcée Akikazu Fujishima (Koji Yakusho) as he searches for his missing daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu) and learns about her secret life. Through this search, different dark sides of the society emerges which make you antsy in your seat.

    The more we go along, the more disturbing and depressing the movie seems to portray. None of the characters are lovable. All the institutions: family, police, and schools are malfunctioning. The movie depicts a sick society which appears to be OK but is buried with lots of problems where people are betraying each other and families are and non-communicative and destructive.

    All characters are pathetic in different ways though they may not be innately devilish. Somehow something goes wrong and everything falls into this big chaos or trap where people do not know how to show their care or use the wrong way to show their love which end up causing more damage as they resort to violence and betrayal.

    A very sad movie that paints a tragic side of Japanese culture, or can it happen in any culture, regardless of economic development? People yearning for love, care, respect and recognition and identification, but what they meet is betrayal, ignorance, bullying, and violence. Very twisted characters and relationships that make you feel so disappointed and horrified with humanity.

    On the surface, or in the beginning, you see angels who seem to be your revelation. Kanako appears to be such an angel. But not until his cop father starts to look into her disappearance does he realize how much he understands/misunderstands his daughter, ditto his wife and vice versa. Similar misperception happens at school and in the police station.

    Perhaps it just serves as a warning sign to us all: in many ways the people around us could just be like that if we hit the wrong button. Look at all the random shootings in the US. And the terrorist attacks. We would not know when they will turn against us and we just have to constantly remind ourselves to be alert.

    Very good acting of the cast in creating a haunting atmosphere. I would not like to befriend with any of the characters.
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    Gold Crown

    I don't understand how this movie can only get a 6.8 rating. There's not much to say about its cinematography except that it's brilliant and beautiful. A lot of people somehow complained that it was "dizzying" which I cannot attest to. The scenes do cut so fast sometimes and there were instances were I had to catch up with the distinction between flash backs and present scenes. One tip is to pay attention early on, but a second viewing is not at all discouraged.

    The story was well thought out. There are many layers that can engage the viewer and put you on the edge of your seat. A lot of questions are asked, you're not sure if you should love/hate the character, different possibilities are played out, and when you get to the revelation near the end you get mind blown but not so much that it seems absurd; in fact it fits in perfectly and the tragedy is justified. Basically there was no dull moment in this movie.

    Not all questions are answered for you, though, especially with how the father feels about his daughter. He keeps calling her a bitch but it's hard to buy into that and you know there's so much more, be it a simple paternal love or something darker and more complex, if you dare to consider that.

    I would recommend this movie to anyone who can stomach the violence and often repressed side of the human psyche for the sake of cinema and let the mastery of visuals dominate your experience. I won't get tired of watching this movie over and over again. I hope its gets released internationally and get the recognition that it deserves.
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    Beabandis

    Getting a chance to host an event on IMDb's Film Festival thread,I started gathering up the titles on DVD.Putting things into place whilst nearing the end of IMDb's Horror board October Challenge,I was pleased to discover that one of the films was hitting UK DVD (that Empire magazine reviewer Kim Newman would pick as his "breakout star" in His October 2016 "straight to video" page) on Halloween, (despite coming out in cinemas in 2014)which led to me entering the world of Kanako.

    The plot:

    After a bitter divorce detective Akihiro Fujishima loses contact with his wife and their innocent teenage daughter Kanako. Carrying the bitterness on his shoulders, Fujishima is taken aback when his ex- wife phones to reveal that Kanako has gone missing.Finding that Kanako (who got perfect marks at school) has left all her belongings in the bedroom, Fujishima starts tracking down her pals.Pulling info out of them, Fujishima is horrified to discover a completely different world of Kanako to the one he knew.

    View on the film:

    Spraying the screen with Comic-Book-style credits,co-writer/(along with Miako Tadano & Nobuhiro Monma) director Tetsuya Nakashima and cinematographer Shôichi Atô unleash a hyper-stylised Neo-Noir revenge nightmare,blazing with unsettling catchy cover songs and burning rapid-fire edits from editor Yoshiyuki Koike.Breaking out in waves of lavish animation being kicked with harsh point-blank violence, Nakashima closely works with Koike to pull back some of the confrontational edge with a rich dour Neo-Noir stillness splashed from every clue Fujishima finds,as the vibrant reds and blues engulfing Kanako life image fade into bursts of crimson and sour greens.

    Taken from the world of Akio Fukamachi's hard-nosed novel,the screenplay by Nakashima/ Tadano and Monma sharply use flashbacks to get under the burnt skins of loners Fujishima and Kanako,as the writers brilliantly twist and turn the initial pristine image of Kanako,and also tear open the ruthless brittle wires of Fujishima's scrambled mind.Shaking the animated violence he uses to get clues on Kanako,the writers soak the title in a tense, sombre Neo-Noir atmosphere,as Fujishima finds his perfect image of Kanako to melt away in the snow.Screaming out in pure anger over finding Kanako, Kôji Yakusho gives an excellent performance as Fujishima,whose Noir loner desperation Yakusho fires up with unforgiving, wounded rage,as the world of Kanako crumbles.
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    Negal

    I have always believed that some people are inherently evil. They are born with twisted mentalities that no amount of psychological aid can help. These people learn to assimilate into society as best they can, but they are conniving, wicked and wholly untrustworthy. This film is the story of one such person, and her name is Kanako. In the vein of movies like "Audition" by way of Quentin Tarantino, this film is the tale of a very twisted girl from a very broken family. The more we learn about Kanako, the more we realize that she was rotten to the core, and nothing could have been done to rehabilitate her. Sure, her parents might be at fault for their lack of rearing, perhaps it was a mix of nature and nurture, or it could simply be that she is just a horrible human being with no redeemable qualities. Whatever the case may be, Kanako uses her looks, and her influence to deceive, torture and use anyone that she pleases, and as her parents find out just how twisted she is, the story goes from depressing to downright terrifying. The love of a parent for a child is unparalleled, but sometimes, parents have to recognize when their kids are just no good and ensure that they are permanently removed from society. This was one of the most disturbing, shocking and downright vile films I have seen in some time, and I loved every single minute of it.

    The acting: Superb. The entire cast was amazing.

    The Directorial style; Reminiscent of Quentin Tarrantino. You can tell that this director was a fan.

    The cinematography; Beautifully shot, with many scenes equally beautiful and stomach churning.

    Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys disturbing, gritty films that show the true nature of humanity. It is a portrait of a textbook sociopath, who destroys everything she encounters, leaving battered husks of humanity in her wake. It is not for the feint of heart, or those easily offended.
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    Ranterl

    Tetsuya Nakashima is a director that pops up every couple of years with a film that can only be described as 'ruddy good.' I first saw 'Kamikaze Girls' and 'Memories of Matsuko' within about an hour of each other a few years back and enjoyed both. I then anticipated and enjoyed (as much as you can) 'Confessions' which soon followed. So after a few years off, Nakashima returns with 'The World of Kanako', and was I excited?!

    Akikazu Fujishima is an absolute bastard. A real piece of the proverbial. Losing his job as a detective due to his mental health, he soon gains alcoholism and a job as a security guard, but loses his wife and daughter. Living in his own filth, he suddenly receives a call from his estranged wife asking if he's seen their daughter. With a number of recent murders connected to his missing daughter, Akikazu soon becomes caught up in police investigations, frequent battles with his wife and gang violence. In true Hollywood-style, he decides to take the case of his missing daughter on himself, discovering the world of his daughter that he never knew, and maybe wishes he never did.

    Starring Koji 'always in the big film' Yakusho as Mr Bastard, the film starts with Tarantino-esque retro titles, loud, brash and in your face. This sets the standard for two hours of intense, graphic and probably over-the-top cinema. 'The World of Kanako' is a good film, but you come away thinking that it could have been a bit simpler.

    There are definite elements of the three previously mentioned Nakashima films all present here: The in-your-face, cartoonish styling of 'Kamikaze Girls'; the epic life story, enigmas and musical montages of 'Memories of Matsuko'; and the, at times, overly intense psychology of 'Confessions'. All are employed effectively here again, creating a extreme, dark and out-of-this-world experience for both the characters and viewers alike.

    But, a little like Tarantino, things get a little indulgent here. Most obviously is the violence: blood splatters across pretty much every scene with teenage acne-like glee, with the make-up department working overtime in getting everyone's face suitably disfigured. Everyone hits everyone hard, with sound effects to match, and then they walk into the next scene for it all to happen again. While I don't mind a bit of violence on screen , when it's relentless it can become both a little boring and lacking impact.

    The switching between past and present also gets a little overdone, though generally throughout is the film's strength in creating both mystery and builds as the film continues. Though by the end, the switching becomes too frequent, blurring the lines between the past and the present, with endless editing.

    The films starts well, but starts to fall off as the end grows nearer. The violence becomes too much, cartoon-like in a film that creates an intense atmosphere. More and more characters come in towards the end, that maybe didn't need introducing. But disappointingly the intensity that is built throughout the film gets lost in this violence, seeing the viewer switch off and despite trying lacks the well rounded conclusion of 'Memories of Matsuko' and 'Confessions'. But Nakashima is a director that can certainly create an experience through cinema.
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    Ballardana

    This is one of those films that you need to pay attention to. It is about Kanako Fujishima who is a bright and beautiful high school student. She is 'the cool set' all by herself and everyone wants to know her. Then one day she goes missing with no trace and no apparent reason for having done so. She lives with her mum who has divorced her father due to his atrocious behaviour.

    He was a cop who quit the force around the same time and has become a drug and drink dependant security guard ever since – a state of affairs which has done little to improve his behaviour. However, when their daughter goes missing he is called by his estranged wife to find her. Thus begins a search in which he wants to find his daughter, but in doing so he uncovers a whole side to her that he had never imagined.

    Now this is a film that I completely loved and was a bit bowled over by to be honest. It starts a bit full on with plenty of blood splatter – a theme that is repeated rather a lot throughout the 114 minute run time. Ex cop Akikazu is a real 'piece of work', brutish, violent, paradoxical and about as likable as a bout of gangrene.

    He explodes onto the screen is a flurry of abuse which he sort of maintains throughout. He drives a 1970's Nissan Gloria which is in keeping with a lot of the styling here. That being the opening sequences are very seventies and full of Batman like words imposed in cartoon on the screen – mainly violent or profane. There is animation throughout too. It is violent, it is bonkers in places and to my amazement I actually laughed a couple of times. There are a few minor issues with continuity but nothing that could possibly detract from the overall impact of this great piece of Japanese movie making.
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    Kagaramar

    I had previously seen an earlier film helmed by Tetsuya Nakashima, namely Confessions (2010). I seem to remember that one dealt with some disturbing material involving high school kids. Well, this latest film from Nakashima also delves into these particular waters. In this one we have an older central character, a man who is an alcoholic, violent and a bad father. He is a former detective who is on the hunt for his missing daughter. As he progresses in his investigation, layer by layer he discovers more and more of his teenage daughter's horrendous double-life.

    This Japanese mystery-thriller was not unlike the South Korean film Oldboy (2003) with its complete absence of likable characters populating a world where every part of society is rotten. If anything, this movie is even more extreme in this regard. It's a very violent film, although its heavy stylization meant that the nastier elements are less disturbing overall. In truth the style that the film presents its story is possibly both its strength and its weakness. It is made up of rapid edits, with memories and present day occurrences being interwoven together. It is a bit full-on I have to say and thank heavens for the rewind button! It can be hard to follow if I am totally honest and you will need to be alert to keep up with this one. So I think the presentation can be a bit of an issue, however, it is also this very complex editing that ensures that the story is more compelling. Once you look back on it, the story has certain weaknesses, with an ultimate resolution to the mystery not necessarily being as interesting as the journey we take getting there. But the journey is interesting and dynamically told and, in fairness, I am sure this one would benefit from a re-watch given that there really is a lot going on. In addition to the relentless editing, there are also anime and comic-book graphics interspersed throughout, as well as twee Japanese schoolgirl material mixed in with disturbing and violent stuff; while there is a constant reference to 'Alice in Wonderland' with the idea of a girl falling down a hole that just keeps on going. It's a heady mix of ideas all things considered and I have to say that its ambitious presentation made this one a film well worth seeing.
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    Helo

    Chan Wook Park 'Revenge Trilogy' meets Quentin T 'Jackie Brown' - 'Grindhouse' Style

    Fantastic follow-up to Tetsuya Nakashima's 'Confessions' ;; Bloody, stylish, beautiful, Insane .

    Kanako lives in a world fulled with drugs, gangs, prostitution, and loneliness . She has the ability to allure anyone she pleases into a melodic trance of excitement and bliss , and she slowly destroys them within

    Her father , ex-detective and fulltime drunk , is summoned to find his missing daughter whom he hasn't seen for 3 years . The father, with buried secrets of his own past, secretly wants to kill his daughter himself

    Story about an angelic demon - whom everyone knows is evil, yet everyone still falls for her lustful trap

    10/10
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    Jeronashe

    A jaded Japanese detective reevaluates his faded memories of his estranged teenage daughter when asked by his ex-wife to investigate her disappearance in this one-of-a-kind crime drama directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. The film is assembled with a very vibrant visual style that varies from rapid fire edits to bouts of animation to slow paced, leisurely shots that bask in the beauty of Christmas lights. The film also begins in a curious anti-narrative manner as the protagonist's memories are mixed with clips of his daughter partying and the police quizzing him. Narrative point-of-view is also broken for several flashbacks told from his daughter's boyfriend's perspective. Given the plot and stylistic touches, the film is perhaps best described as 'Kill Bill' meets 'The Third Man' and it gets points for originality alone. The dialogue is full of philosophical quips too about how some of us are not "cut out to be a human being" and how easy it is "to fall into a hole so deep" that you keep falling. Yet, for all its daringness and intelligence, the film does not entirely work. The actual solution to the girl's disappearance is mundane and the value of all the red herrings is debatable, especially the question mark placed over the true nature of his relationship to his daughter, but it does cause one to think. The ultimate messages at hand are relatively simple (not everyone is who you think they are; some vices in life are dangerous), however, the emotional roller-coaster is a hard experience to shake. This is an effective film in that it gets you in the protagonist's mind and forces you to question how you would react. The Harry Lime dynamic also works well with a protagonist as naïve as Holly Martins. This is not however the easiest film under the sun to endure.
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    Fegelv

    from the start of the movie until the end contain discomfort atmosphere with violent and some nudity.The story is quite confusing and I regret that I watch this movie.But after me and my friend have some discuss about this story it quite give us a lot of idea and what director want to teach us about so we give another shot for this story and we got what this story is to remind something for Japan people.

    The soundtrack is really various and their production is beautiful(even though cg is bad in action) Really recommend for someone who could open- mind for some weird story that is hard to understand.

    This movie is really good for someone who study art and who love plot twist or complicate story.

    Last remind.everyone can't be trusted.
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    Tar

    Perhaps one of the most nauseating films I have laid my eyes on, "World of Kanako" is certainly not for everyone. The Japanese psyche is an enigmatic one for outsiders like me, as the country seems to be an epitome of an outside appearance of civility combined with an internal repression of schizophrenic darkness.

    I can't imagine a movie like this playing in neighborhood movie theaters in America, but then again, most of those movies are vanilla time-fillers anyway. "World.." is an extremely unpleasant movie and will leave a bad taste in your mouth, kind of like what Tarantino would make if he was high on crack and decided "the hell with you." One thing I will say is that this movie is "memorable."
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    Lianeni

    THE WORLD OF KANAKO could very well serve as a Cautionary Tale for parents worldwide. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's Must-See for anyone with children, whatever their age. That's not a joke and it's not an exaggeration: I've seen this kind of thing happen in The Real World, and it's not pretty- nor SHOULD it be; it should be just what it is here- in your face and Down and Dirty. Too often people (especially here in these delusional United $tate$) sugar-coat Life and pretend all's right with the World. Well, it ain't, and THE WORLD OF KANAKO is closer to Reality than anything you're likely to see at your neighborhood multiplex.
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    Manona

    The World of Kanako ("Kawaki" or "Thirsty" in Japan) is based on the 500+ page novel "Hateshinaki Kawaki" ("Neverending Thirst") by Akio Fukamachi.

    Without giving the end of the movie away, it's as though this film had two different directors at the helm. The first half of the movie is a stylish and frenetic (yet cohesive) ride that is one part "Oldboy", one part "Battles Without Honor and Humanity", topped of with "Batman" from 60s TV.

    For the first half of the movie, the plot seems to be going somewhere. Characters are introduced, investigated and revisited. Each scene is a step forward.

    Then it gets messy. Characters and subplots appear out of nowhere. The Batman graphics are forgotten. The homage to the 70s is forgotten. The plot is in disarray and scenes are dragged out miles beyond their nodding-off points.

    It is clear they tried to cram every bit of the novel into the film adaptation, which usually results in such a mess. That's a little more frustrating considering its coming from a culture where it's generally accepted that less is more and what's left unsaid is often more important than what is stated. And in this case, after two hours, this film does really feel "Neverending".
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    Jube

    This film was not at all what I expected, and I mean that in the best possible way. It's a 2014 Japanese crime/mystery film that really pulls the wool over your eyes at every possible turn. The story centers around a former detective now drunkard, Akikazu Fujishima, who years ago caught his wife cheating. After she left with their daughter, Kanako, he loses his job and spirals even further down. Years later Kanako goes missing and he must do everything he can to find her. Many secrets are revealed and almost every character turns out to not be quite who you think they may be. It's difficult to talk about the film without spoiling anything so I'll just leave it at that. Overall it's well written, well directed, and the story unfolds in a satisfying and creative way. Some scenes use too many quick cuts but it doesn't happen often enough to deter my enjoyment of the film. Fair warning though, as much as I've been hyping this film up it's NOT an uplifting story. If you're not into depressing stories then you should stay away. But if you're looking for a good crime/mystery and you don't mind that then this film is for you.
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    Danial

    I just seen the movie and i am speechless, one thing tho it made me scared of good looking Japanese women. Seriously after the movie i felt you cant trust anyone.

    There is a mixed emotion and feeling after i seen it and i ain't sure what to say. I do like Asian movies as they are different, they make you think, sometimes to much. When it comes to the disturbing parts of the movie and then i don't mean the bloody parts, its a bit like Swedish movies who can be when they put their mind to it very disturbing, you get a bad feeling in your stomach.

    Like in some other reviews i also felt a bit Tarantino over it and i cant say i think Tarantino makes a lot better movies, more rather if he seen this i believe he wish he had made it.
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    Saintrius

    "The World of Kanako" opens with a quickly edited five-minute sequence of people doing nasty stuff and saying nasty things, where I can almost piece together what is happening, but not quite. Then the main character is informed that his daughter is missing, and we get an opening credits sequence akin to the intro to a pulpy crime drama show. Looks like my kind of film, I thought.

    Before I go on any further, I should stress that all the people in this movie, with very little exceptions, are bad people. There is nary a redeeming quality to be found among them. That said, they are all acted very well, and have very distinct qualities (all of them bad). There is our main character, Akikazu, with whom his actor, Koji Yakusho, is obviously having a lot of fun. Although he doesn't have more than two emotions, anger and fury, Yakusho manages to keep him fresh and entertaining throughout. With a less talented actor in this part, the movie would have been unwatchable.

    My favourite side character in the film is police detective Asai, played by Satoshi Tsumabuki, who stands out for constantly smiling and licking a lollypop. He is obviously annoying to our main character, but never to us as audience, which is a feat very few actors pull off well. He also brings a lot of humor to the film, which is always welcome in such a bleak world as the one of Kanako.

    The plot of the film, as mentioned above, kicks in after Akikazu's daughter, Kanako, has disappeared. Now he's looking for her, slowly revealing her true character in the process. Which includes a lot of violence in all of its shapes.

    The film is very unpleasant to watch, with many a scene that made me cringe due to its extreme violence. Some of it is darkly comical, some of it is perverse, all of it is over the top. I personally liked that, because it is very true to the characters, and it's nice to see a movie push boundaries in such a blatant and bold way. "The World of Kanako" is basically an exploitation film, but it's done with enough style and wit to not make it seem pointless.

    The editing style of the film is also very abrasive. It reminded me of "Spring Breakers," which I enjoyed a lot. If you liked that movie too, you might like "Kanako." I don't think it worked as well here, though, because unlike "Spring Breakers," this movie has fairly complicated plotting at times, and the intentionally confusing storytelling got quite irritating. Which is also true to the characters, I suppose, but unlike the extreme violence, this element of the film seemed more to be done for shock value.

    The biggest weakness of the film is that the story, after a reveal fairly early on, basically stalls, and everything Akikazu learns after that point is just an extension of that information. This makes the movie's more uncomfortable elements seem very shallow, because there is little else driving the film forwards other than nastiness, and I wasn't invested in anything that was happening. I guess the director was going for a "violence begets violence" kind of message, but if so, the movie could have been at least half an hour shorter and it would have had a bigger impact.

    To top it all, the resolution to the film comes out of nowhere and is very tedious to watch. I don't want to spoil it, but to me, it felt like I was cheated.

    "The World of Kanako" is certainly an interesting film, and I get why somebody might like it, but it didn't have much of an appeal to me outside of its sheer extremeness.
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    Zymbl

    A father searching for his kid, very similar style like Confessions (2010) which i've just realized, share the same director Tetsuya Nakashima. Nana Komatsu the cutie playing Kanako's nice to watch, also the main lead, Koji Yakusho playing her dad acted well as a bad person. It goes back and forth between 2 characters at different times. Some parts are very distasteful but they keep the suspense & mystery going, it got me interested enough to stay watching till the end to find out what happens next. The resolution of the story's quite beautiful too. This film's unexpectedly bonkers.

    So yeah, most certainly if you really enjoy mystery suspense films with some craziness particularly like Confessions (2010) or Oldboy (2003) , i think you may appreciate this flick too.

    7/10
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    Geny

    I don't like too much violent, but honestly Well-made movie. Brilliant cinematography and editing I have to learn.
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    Malodor

    I read some of the other reviews, I've just watched it on Shudder and I thought there was a lot of (admittedly very dry and dark) humour; some characters do very very unpleasant things (I really don't think this is a spoiler) but I found myself laughing as well as wincing during the 2 hours of this film.

    (Having said that, I did pause the film about a half-hour in, turned the lights back on and watched 10 minutes of the Golf Open highlights on BBC2 just to have a little break from some of the unremitting bleakness).

    Plenty of synopses in other reviews, you've already read at least one.

    Beautifully filmed, loads of excellent visual loveliness amongst the brutality, soundtrack is very good and used to help identify the (frequent) flashbacks (nothing wrong with challenging the viewer to KEEP UP).

    If you like 'Old Boy', 'Bad Lieutenant' and 'Mad Detective' I think you will really enjoy this film. I did say enjoy. I thought it was excellent.
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    Umge

    I think I would've liked reading the source material for this movie. Seems like a good read. The actual movie on the other hand, it was a bit of a hit and a miss for me. I liked the colors, the great acting, and the fact that Kanako's dark secret wasn't something I saw coming. However, I felt like it started out great and then kind of dragged on a little bit on the second half just to end as a totally confused mess. Too many characters and too many sub-plots all of a sudden. I think with a little bit of editing and focusing more on some of the characters (like the bullied boys who were in love with Kanako, or the thug girl) the movie would've been a bit more interesting. If you want to watch something violent and gory, with a decent story and a dark twist I would recommend it. It's pretty unique. I wouldn't buy it, but it was entertaining, a decent watch.
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    GoodBuyMyFriends

    To summarize this movie in short: An insane father looks for his insane daughter who was killed by her middle school teacher after she lured the school teacher's daughter sold herself to old men. The teenage daughter, Kanako is a psycho ruin the people's life as her entertainment.

    That insane father tried very hard to find the daughter only because he wants to kill her with his own hands as he thinks the daughter looks down on him. The most ridiculous part is, he was injured by gun shots, knife wound, and be beaten hard, but he doesn't have to go hospital or take rest, he just recovers like a superman, only with lots of blood stain on his face and clothes.

    This movie includes a lot of violent scene and pornographic scene which includes couple rapes.

    The story structure is loose, and things happened in the movie doesn't make sense. Overall, I'll say, stay away from it, waste of time and totally disgusting.
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    Dranar

    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen story, acting,soundtracks,cinematography and all is just amazing in movie. but people still gave it 6.6, because most of them don't like gore of this story and not movie. this movie is high level masterpiece and just because u are idiot who can't understand deep meaning of great movie and loves watching transformers or barbie movies, just don't watch, because this movie is not for you. but if you are person who can and love thinking, congrats cause this movie gonna be great satisfaction for u.
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    Flamekiller

    you will be watching a man who jerks off to her daughter go mad for 2 hours please avoid if you like yourself or your surroundings. needs to be 5 sentences long. needs to be 5 sentences long. needs to be 5 sentences long. needs to be 5 sentec long, well i guess you got it. i guess you got it. don't watch, bye.
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    Gio

    Disturbing and well-crafted portrait of a broken family dealing with their agony and desperation by inflicting it upon others, as well as themselves. Japanese stalwart Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins, Kairo) leads as the vicious, alcoholic father on the hunt for his missing daughter, whose pain is more complicated than her absent parents know. Multilayered narrative and hyper-kinetic editing style reveal tortured emotions behind the graphic violence, although director Tatsuya Nakashima (Confessions, Kamikaze Girls) still has problems drawing uniformly strong performances from a young cast and spends too much time with a secondary character infatuated with Kanako. Utilizing animation, musical montage, and nearly every possible cinematic tool, the film drains the audience until we are as resigned to Kanako's fate as she is. Easily Nakashima's best film, although still flawed. Fans of Japanese aesthetics may love it.