Sono Sion (Love Exposure
, Cold Fish
) had long planned on adapting Minoru Furuya's Himizu
and even completed a script that was ready to shoot. However, after the March 11 disasters, Sono quickly changed his script, adding an extra jolt of dark realism by setting the film in the disaster-afflicted area and integrating images of the tsunami aftermath into its rainy, bizarre world of jarring brutality and malaise. In addition to being a wildly bleak coming-of-age tale that is as viscerally compelling as Sono's previous works, Himizu
is also one of the first films to show the world the scale of destruction in Japan as a Competition film at Venice Film Festival just six months after the disasters. As pessimistic as its premise sounds, Himizu
is also as much about the despair and hardship of neglected teens as it is about the importance of holding on to hope.
Running a family boat rental business in the disaster area, kind teenager Sumida (Shota Sometani) just wants a normal life. However, that seems too much to ask from his violent, debt-ridden father and negligent mother, who torment Sumida every chance they get. Meanwhile, classmate Chazawa (Nikaido Fumi), who has a crush on Sumida, is suffering from a similar fate in that her mother wants her dead and has even prepared a contraption to pull off the act. Despite Chazawa's enthusiastic willingness to help Sumida with the boathouse, Sumida remains resistant to her affections. One day, Sumida finally becomes sick of the abuse, fighting back with a self-destructive fury that could lead to his own downfall.
This edition comes with making of, interviews, stage events, cast profile, and trailers.