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Death Notice - Ikigami [DVD]
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Japanese sci-fi drama based on the manga series by Motoro Mase. In the near future, the government has implemented a system in which certain people between the ages of 18 and 24 are eligible to be served with a 'death notice' informing them that they have just 24 hours to live - a policy thought to promote productivity and prosperity for society as a whole. Kengo Fujimoto (Shota Matsuda) is one of those recruited to hand out these death notices, or 'ikigami'. Although he vehemently opposes the law, Kengo is in no position to speak out against it and must continue to face the emotional devastation of his victims as he goes about his work.
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Watching Gantz's adaptation yesterday and Ikigami's just now has made me have faith in Japanese movies. The ladyboy screaming constantly throughout the overly dramatic, butchered Death Note and Battle Royale adaptations made me hesitant to watch anything not animated that's Japanese. Even the CG was dodgy (/Ryuk) in Death Note. But Gantz had CG that blended seamlessly with the actors - it ranking with the best, visually - and Ikigami's adaptation was perfect; there being no idols screaming at the top of their lungs in a fake manner and the characters' despair coming across as absolutely believable.
Ikigami differed from Gantz - as expected - in the sense that its more down to earth, almost slice-of-life stories about the meaning of life in the face of imminent death required acting of the convincing, realistic variety. And the actors nailed their performances. Fujimoto's character was acted very much like Equilibrium's lead; showing no emotion around others to avoid being arrested for 'thought crime'. And, very much like in the case of Equilibrium's lead, he gradually came out of his shell - just like in the manga - with some minor edits which connected three otherwise utterly faithful book-to-screen adaptations of the most powerful episodic shorts.
Going out on a high, patricide and the bond of siblings - three very different stories, each adding something extra to the movie.
Ikigami's definitely my favourite non-anime adaptation. It lived up to my expectations. Myreviewer's 9/10 score is definitely an accurate representation of the movie, overall. I honestly can't see how it could have come out any better, aside from its open ending.Read more ›