Director: Kōji Fukada. Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi. Japan/France 2016. 120 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.
For married couple Toshio and Akie and their daughter, the days go by as if according to a well-known script: workshop owner Toshio is rarely at home, and hardly a word is spoken on the rare occasions when the whole family is together. One day, their banal co-existence is disturbed by the arrival of the mysterious Yasaka, an old friend from Toshio’s past with a disquieting presence. After Yasaka is welcomed into their home, cracks start to form in the family – with catastrophic consequences. Kōji Fukada’s latest film is a quietly powerful and chilling exploration of evil, guilt and retribution.
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