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Jûni-nin no shinitai kodomo-tachi (2019)

Twelve kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is.

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Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writers:

Yutaka Kuramochi (screenplay), Tow Ubukata (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hana Sugisaki ... Anri
Mackenyu ... Shinjirô
Takumi Kitamura ... Nobuo
Mahiro Takasugi Mahiro Takasugi ... Satoshi
Yuina Kuroshima ... Meiko
Kanna Hashimoto ... Ryôko
Ai Yoshikawa Ai Yoshikawa ... Mai
Riku Hagiwara Riku Hagiwara ... Takahiro
Yûto Fuchino Yûto Fuchino ... Kenichi
Ryôta Bandô Ryôta Bandô ... Seigo
Kotone Furukawa Kotone Furukawa ... Mitsue
Aisa Takeuchi Aisa Takeuchi ... Yuki
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It is not often that a hospital becomes the gathering place for a bunch of teenagers, but this one and this time is different. Twelve teen-aged girls and boys meet at an abandoned hospital. Each has his or her morbid reason. What they find there is shocking. It is the corpse of a boy. They attempt to discover the identity of the murderer. In the process, they reveal their reasons for fatalism and nihilism. Written by aghaemi

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (Japan) See more »

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12 Suicidal Teens See more »

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$11,950,916
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On Our Way
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Performed by The Royal Concept
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Met my expectations which weren't super high
12 September 2019 | by shazam_grangerSee all my reviews

I immediately wanted to watch this after knowing the cast. And I was not disappointed in the acting department of the movie. I've seen almost every actor in this movie in really different roles and I was immensely impressed by their acting here. Although, I'm not sure if people who are unfamiliar with the cast will enjoy it as much as I did.

The characters' personalities were very eccentric as most Japanese teens in dark disturbing movies are (which actually makes me wonder: are there really Japanese teens with these dramatic and over-the-top reactions and principles or is this just a reflection of anime/manga characters?). However, each character's experiences are a great representation of the different reasons for suicide. That was also one of the best parts of the story: how characters have conflicting reasons on why they want to end their life.

The ending, for me, was great but could have been better. However, the actors made it convincing enough for me to accept it.

I think the movie was overall beautifully shot although I did feel that they achieved it with struggles. In terms of the pace, it's slow as it should be (maybe a bit too slow in the beginning but it did add some tension). It also felt a little bit incomplete.

In summary: good points - fair representation of suicidal teens, cinematography, acting not so good points - it's hard to take the situation seriously if you're not familiar with this kind of genre of japanese film (this hardly counts as a con) bad points - it's not the greatest film but it's on its way to be if they pushed harder (specifically on the ending)


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