Film

Tormented
FILM

Tormented

ラビット•ホラー (Rabitto Hora)
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tormented © 2011 Ogura Jimusyo Co., Ktd./Agung Inc./Fortissimo Films.

North American Premiere
Co-presented with The New York Asian Film Festival


In this trippy fairytale tinged with a bit of J-horror and dripping with gothic atmosphere, cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Infernal Affairs) teams up with Japan's J-horror icon Takashi Shimizu to deliver a twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. The film opens with a splat as 10-year-old Daigo puts a sick rabbit out of its misery with a cinderblock. Taunted as "rabbit killer" by his classmates, his mute sister (Hikari Mitsushima) lets him withdraw from school, the same way their father has withdrawn from life and stays at home illustrating pop-up fairytale books. The whole family is still stunned with grief after the death of his first wife, and the death of his second wife, Daigo's mother. Each member of the family is isolated in their own private fantasy world of grief and suffering, and it's up to a six-foot-tall, possibly evil bunny to drag them down the rabbit hole and into the real world.

Japan. 2011. 83 min., B.R., in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Takashi Shimizu, Director of Photography: Christopher Doyle. With Teruyuki Kagawa, Hikari Mitsushima, Tamaki Ogawa, Nao Ohmori, Takeru Shibuya.

18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012

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