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River's Edge

Japan, Japanese, 118 mins

Original Title

Ribâzu ejji
  • Director: Isao Yukisada
  • Writer: Ky*ko Okazaki; Misaki Setoyama

CGiii Comment

Tokyo, 1994. In a video interview a young woman discusses the significance of a teddy bear. Shortly afterwards, a burning object falls from a high-rise building at night. A young man, naked and bound, falls out of a locker. Two fisherman talk about a water spirit. In his unusual drama River’s Edge Isao Yukisada lays many trails and jumps as abruptly and unpredictably between the various narrative threads as do his characters: Ichiro is gay; he is preyed upon by his violent fellow pupils but seems to draw strength from his injuries. He makes a gruesome discovery at a nearby river polluted by industrial waste and shows it to his best friend, a girl named Haruna. Kannonzaki loves rough sex and in the course of it transgresses more and more boundaries. An introverted girl obsessively reads her pregnant sister’s diaries and Kozue, a model with bulimia, buries herself in mountains of food at night. All these and other stories are brilliantly interwoven into a breathless social portrait of a driven but apparently lost generation and their seemingly unavoidable encounters with violence.


Cast & Characters

Fumi Nikaidou (Haruna Wakakusa)
Ryo Yoshizawa (Ichiro Yamada)
Aoi Morikawa (Kanna Tajima)
Shuhei Uesugi (Kannonzaki)
Sumire (Kozue Yoshikawa)
Shiori Doi (Rumi Koyama)

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