Conclusion: The more films I see from Japanese auteur Sion Sono, the more I find myself comparing his work to that of Seijun Suzuki. Obviously, they belong to two completely different eras, but their films have an edge that immediately separates them from the crowd.
Conclusion: Himizu is grim stuff to be sure and it borders on cinematic nihilism at times but like the director's other pictures, it will reward those who go into it with an open mind and an interest in cinematic portrayals of the dark side of humanity.
Excerpt: In films as diverse as his four-hour epic Love Exposure and his dark serial-killer drama Cold Fish , Sion Sono's characters struggle mightily and extravagantly through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Conclusion: Himizu is yet another very intense and truly unpredictable film form Japanese director Sion Sono. It is very well made and very effective but possibly a bit too bleak and nihilistic. To be honest, I think that the more graphic Cold Fish was far easier to embrace.
Summary: If you’re going to make a two-plus hour film about the depressing life of a 14-year-old boy, you’ve got to make me care. Himizu does not do that, preferring to parade around its needlessly exaggerated characters, irrational bouts of behaviour and plot threads that weave together like the wad of hair...