[Jmovie] Shinku

May 13, 2008 at 4:00 am 1 comment


Uchiyama Rina as Kako
Mizukawa Asami as Miho
Kohinata Fumiyo as Kako’s father
Ogata Naoto as Miho’s father
Uchida Asahi as Akira
Tsukamoto Takashi as Takumi
Horikita Maki as young Kako

I recently watched a movie called Shinku. It’s about two girls. One is a college student whose family was murdered (Kako); the other is the daughter of the man who murdered the other girl’s family (Miho). Eight years after the murder, he is finally sentenced to death. Kako is now a pretty college student with a boyfriend and plenty of friends. Miho is a tattooed bar owner married to an unfaithful and unkind man. Kako wants to meet Miho and she starts visiting the bar that Miho owns. The two form a kind of friendship, but Kako seems to have something else in mind, a revenge of some sorts.

I really like the cover. It’s so beautiful and I love how Mizukawa Asami (Miho) looks so tragic, while Uchiyama Rina (Kako) looks calculating. Also the use of colors and the lighting on the two leads is just gorgeous.

This film is actually quite gory at some parts. Even though I don’t usually get very grossed out at blood, it got to me a little. Well, the film is called Shinku (deep red), naturally the color played a large role in the film’s palette.

Despite its goriness, I really enjoyed this film. The two leads give a very good performance and the two timelines fit in rather well. The movie flips between the past and present, so while we are watching Kako and Miho’s relationship grow, we are also finding out why Miho’s father murdered Kako’s family. The scenes with young Kako are especially interesting and the dream/subconscious conversation she has near the end is particularly compelling.

Something that I kept wondering about while I was watching was if Miho knew who Kako was. If she did, would their relationship have been different? And when did she find out who Kako was? I also wondered if Kako knew what her father did, because he is not exactly innocent. I think this film was successful in its crime and punishment/revenge exploration.

I don’t really want to give much away, but I will say that Shinku is an excellent film to watch. Definitely heavy but a very good physiological thriller. Some sites have called this a horror film, but I don’t agree. I strictly stay away from horror films (I even turn away from horror film trailers!), so I think it’s safe to say that if I don’t think it counts a horror film, it really isn’t. When I first read the synopsis, I thought that this movie had to be good, and I’m glad it was (otherwise I would have just wasted my time, right?)

Buy this movie: J Standard Edition

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  • 1. renaye  |  May 20, 2008 at 2:23 am

    i have heard of this movie but never got the chance to watch it because i have never spotted this movie in any video shop. and i’m against of downloading it.

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