Watch: 渇き。 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – Kanako, a beautiful girl and one of the best students at school, goes missing with all the belongings left behind in her room. Her father Akikazu is now asked by his ex-wife to look for their daughter. He starts a desperate search of Kanako using any means, in the hope of getting his “ideal” family back in place despite the fact that the very reason of the family breakup was because of his problematic personality and behaviors. Following tracks of her past and present and talking to her “friends,” he starts to get to know his daughter whom he never knew or didn’t even attempt to know. When Akikazu is led to one clue, he realizes the world Kanako was facing beyond his imagination… Can the father find his daughter, and get back his perfect happy family he has dreamed of after all these years?.
Plot: When Kanako, a model daughter and a brilliant student, disappears, her mother asks her ex-husband, a violent former policeman, to find her. As his investigation progresses, his idealized image of Kanako cracks: the girl hides a dark life that her father can not even imagine.
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Falling down a rabbit hole…
I had previously seen an earlier film helmed by Tetsuya Nakashima, namely Confessions (2010). I seem to remember that one dealt with some disturbing material involving high school kids. Well, this latest film from Nakashima also delves into these particular waters. In this one we have an older central character, a man who is an alcoholic, violent and a bad father. He is a former detective who is on the hunt for his missing daughter. As he progresses in his investigation, layer by layer he discovers more and more of his teenage daughter’s horrendous double-life.
This Japanese mystery-thriller was not unlike the South Korean film Oldboy (2003) with its complete absence of likable characters populating a world where every part of society is rotten. If anything, this movie is even more extreme in this regard. It’s a very violent film, although its heavy stylization meant that the nastier elements are less disturbing overall. In truth the style that the film presents its story is possibly both its strength and its weakness. It is made up of rapid edits, with memories and present day occurrences being interwoven together. It is a bit full-on I have to say and thank heavens for the rewind button! It can be hard to follow if I am totally honest and you will need to be alert to keep up with this one. So I think the presentation can be a bit of an issue, however, it is also this very complex editing that ensures that the story is more compelling. Once you look back on it, the story has certain weaknesses, with an ultimate resolution to the mystery not necessarily being as interesting as the journey we take getting there. But the journey is interesting and dynamically told and, in fairness, I am sure this one would benefit from a re-watch given that there really is a lot going on. In addition to the relentless editing, there are also anime and comic-book graphics interspersed throughout, as well as twee Japanese schoolgirl material mixed in with disturbing and violent stuff; while there is a constant reference to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with the idea of a girl falling down a hole that just keeps on going. It’s a heady mix of ideas all things considered and I have to say that its ambitious presentation made this one a film well worth seeing.
An uncomfortably shocking but decent craziness of a film
A father searching for his kid, very similar style like Confessions (2010) which i’ve just realized, share the same director Tetsuya Nakashima. Nana Komatsu the cutie playing Kanako’s nice to watch, also the main lead, Koji Yakusho playing her dad acted well as a bad person. It goes back and forth between 2 characters at different times. Some parts are very distasteful but they keep the suspense & mystery going, it got me interested enough to stay watching till the end to find out what happens next. The resolution of the story’s quite beautiful too. This film’s unexpectedly bonkers.
So yeah, most certainly if you really enjoy mystery suspense films with some craziness particularly like Confessions (2010) or Oldboy (2003) , i think you may appreciate this flick too.
Original Language ja
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Tetsuya Nakashima
Writer Akio Fukamachi, Tetsuya Nakashima, Miako Tadano
Actors Kôji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Awards 3 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta PMW-F55, Zeiss Master Prime, Fujinon Premier and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219), AXSM
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), F55 RAW (4K) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema