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Himizu Manga's Film Adaptation Wins Critics Prize

posted on by Ko Ransom
Sion Sono-directed adaptation awarded prize at Deauville Asian Film Festival

France's Deauville Asian Film Festival gave Himizu, a film adaptation of Minoru Furuya's psychological drama manga directed by Shion Sono, the Critics Award at this year's festival last week. Following his win for Cold Fish, this marks the second year in a row that Sono has been awarded the prize.

While Furuya is known for his gag manga Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu (which inspired the Ping Pong Club comedy anime), Himizu is a far starker tale. Yūichi Sumida (Sometani) is a third-year middle school boy who longs for a normal life, but a certain incident sets him on a descent into darkness. 18-year-old actor Shōta Sometani (live-action Uso-tsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan, Always: Sunset on Third Street '64) and 16-year-old actress Fumi Nikaidō (Sono's Gama no Abura) star in the film, which opened in Japan on January 14.

Source: News 24

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