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Suwîto rein: Shinigami no seido

Suwîto rein: Shinigami no seido
Movie: Suwîto rein: Shinigami no seido(2008)[tt1067086] As the rain falls gently on the streets of Tokyo, Death emerges from the supernatural realm to decide whether or not a chosen individual will die in seven days time as scheduled. Chiba is the Grim Reaper. Precisely one week before a person is scheduled to die, Chiba appears to observe and evaluate their life, if the person have already fulfilled the purpose on earth and can step off the stage of life. At the end of those seven days, he makes the decision whether to "execute" or "pass over" his subject. It's not the most pleasant job imaginable, but Chiba always takes time to unwind by visiting the local CD shops and listening to some music. To Chiba, music is humanity's greatest invention. Chiba's latest subject is twenty-seven year old Kazue Fujiki, who leads unlucky life and seems to be ill-starred since everyone around her dies. Written bySonja Pavkovic
Title Suwîto rein: Shinigami no seido
Release Date 22 March 2008 (Japan)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Production Companies Mitsui Bussan, Nippon Television Network (NTV), Robot Communications
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Takeshi Kaneshiro...
Chiba...
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Mitsuru Fukikoshi...
Kentaro Oomachi...
Jun Murakami
Jun Murakami...
Aoyama...

Reviews

ethSin on 15 March 2009
The story is about a Grim Reaper, whose job is deciding whether or not the 'subject' is ready for unexpected deaths. The movie is divided into three episodes, first about an OL in her 20s, second about a yakuza in his 40s, and the last about an old lady in her 70s. All the different episodes seem to be unrelated, but connects spontaneously in the end.Although the whole 'Shinigami' thing, which literally means 'death god' or 'Grim Reaper' is very common in Japanese culture, the concept somewhat reminded me of "Meet Joe Black", and the random encounter with other Shinigami reminded me of "City of Angels". However, I was relieved the story focused on the protagonist's gradual understanding of life rather than falling in love with his 'subjects'.It has been a long time since I saw Kaneshiro Takeshi in a Japanese movie. He has been appearing in many epic Chinese/HK movies of late, and it was fun watching such 'S-class' actor in a Japanese film again. He played the innocent and composed personality of his character very well. I really liked the silent dog too. The subtitled conversation really adds to the fantasy in addition to the 'bridge and door'.This film was exceptionally well directed. There were so many memorable scenes and advanced camera-work/angles. Even the special effects, other than the 'touch of death', were amazing considering Japanese budgets.Personally, this movie didn't really make me ponder about life, so it may have failed in that aspect, but it was a story well told.

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