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Harmonium (2016)

Fuchi ni tatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

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Kôji Fukada

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Kôji Fukada
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tadanobu Asano ... Yasaka
Mariko Tsutsui ... Akié
Taiga ... Takashi Yamakami
Momone Shinokawa Momone Shinokawa ... Hotaru
Kana Mahiro Kana Mahiro ... Hotaru (Adult)
Takahiro Miura ... Atsushi Shitara
Kanji Furutachi ... Toshio
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Storyline

A family of three, comprised of a husband, wife and a young daughter, lead a routine and unspectacular life. The stillness is shattered occasionally by the young girl's practice on the harmonium and more unusually by the arrival of an acquaintance of the man. Apparently seeking to repay a debt and make up for lost time the new arrival is soon both a guest at the family home and an employee of their workshop. All hell breaks loose and no one is chaste. Written by aghaemi

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harmonium See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,453, 18 June 2017

Gross USA:

$17,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,283
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The director Fukuda Koji was present at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film premiered, and revealed that the English title Harmonium was actually suggested to him in France during the editing process for the movie. See more »

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It's OK, but predictable
21 November 2017 | by criticalmass048See all my reviews

I don't write many reviews, but when I do, they're short and to the point.

I don't consider myself a "film aficionado", and I'm certainly not an expert. I'm merely going to give a review of a normal, working class guy with a slightly above-average IQ.

I've seen many Japanese and Korean films, and so I am used to the slow pace of the movie. For those who don't know, picture 60 seconds of watching a family eating a meal while not saying a word.

With that said, I feel that it was too similar to other movies of the genre, and to me it was predictable. I knew what was coming around the corner. While I wasn't really amazed that my predictions came true, I was amazed that my predictions came true within 30 seconds of my making them. Just ask my wife -- she can't stand watching movies with me.

While a typical American movie watcher who only watches junk that comes out of Hollywood (a movie based on video games, comic books, or a remake of something from 30 years ago) might have been shocked by some of the things that happen, I think someone who indulges in Asian films will also see what's coming, and where things are going.

While, as another reviewer mentioned, the ending leaves you scratching your head and screaming, I was a little lost about the ending. I won't go into details, but I'll just say that I didn't understand the turn of events, and wonder if it is even physically possible for the movie to have ended that way.

All in all, very good acting, and was pretty enjoyable, but if you're looking for a feel-good movie, don't watch this one.


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