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Scarey, quite realistic film. Definitely not a comedy
on 2 June 2010
Being a Japanese who worked in a big corporation for 10 years in Japan in 1990s,
and currently working in UK,
I watched this film with horror.
Almost everything in this film is realistic, apart from one thing, Amelie.
If she was a Japanese, and less stupid than she was,
then this film would have been very realistic.
Every Japanese would know a few (Japanese) colleagues who suffered a same fate as Amelie,
even if they were much more capable than Amelie.
Although she hurt other's feeling by her lack of consideration,
it would have been forgiven in Europe provided she had a good intention,
but not in Japan where only the outcome matters not the intention.
This film depicts, though slightly exaggerated, dark side of Japanese culture,
which generates cultural refugee like myself, perhaps responsible for many of suiside cases (30,000/year) and some wrong doings during WWII.
I could hardly open my eyes while watching many of the scenes...
Although I rate highly for the authenticity for a foreign production,
I would not recommend this film unless you enjoy feeling depressed.