The world of Kanako

The world of Kanako

DVD - 2016 | Japanese
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A nonstop visual and emotional assault to the senses as it follows troubled ex-detective Akikazu on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. What he discovers in his search is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity, surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akizaku stumbles along a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the revelations that affect all he holds dear.
Publisher: Austin, TX :, Drafthouse Films,, [2016]
Edition: widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC World
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 minutes) : sound, colour ; 12 cm
video file,DVD video,rda
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board rating - Not rated


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Nov 28, 2018

Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima in 2014 based on the novel "Endless Thirst (果てしなき渇き)" by Akio Fukamachi, this Japanese suspense drama delves into the mysterious life of a high school girl named Kanako who has gone missing.
Although the film reflects the bullying and drug use of the younger genertion in Japan, the storyline appears complicated and confused for the sake of complexity.
At times, violence and killing go beyond reality to the extent of absurdity.
This film is NOT definitly my cup of Japanese tea.

Jan 29, 2018

Its kind of a darker Japanese version of Party Monster.

Mar 08, 2017

This story still has me guessing: is Kanako who she says she is or nah? Is it someone's dream of the dual nature of the self, imagining who Kanako really is? I kind of like this tease, especially from a movie. This turned out to be one hell of a movie, but it's tough and unrelenting in its evil. The Japanese have a tendency to keep evil things, well, evil. Watch at your own's worth it.

Feb 14, 2017

Harumph. I'm so tired of "the teen with the sordid secret life." He, she or they are sure to turn up in half the crime movies or TV programs made in the last 20 years. I could say that Kanako is the sordid teen to end all sordid teens, but unfortunately it would not be true. But what about the film? Its theme is the fetishization of children, particularly school girls, and scenes of them tossing their hair, teasing, giggling, partying and taking pictures drag on. In the second hour the pace picks up, and the film shows signs of becoming a snappy if extremely violent crime drama. There is a samurai-like gun, knife, and car duel that makes the film worth seeing. But Old Boy this isn't. Despite more exposition than a Harry Potter film, parts of the story remain unexplained. This movie needs a better translation, or an editor. Something.

Mar 02, 2016

This is NOT a movie for faint of heart. It's brutally violent, psychologically twisted to the nth degree, and strangely compelling. Couldn't stop watching but sorta wished I had. All I can add to this is it can't be un-watched.

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