The World of Kanako
| German (Germany)
The psychodrama, which won the Japanese Academy Award, is a dark satire on Yakuza films and revenge thrillers. The wacky characters rush from one violent excess to the next.
"One of the best things about the film is that it doesn’t just portray the violent scenes through a dark and gritty lens. The dialogue and action is frequently hilarious, and the tone Nakashima cuts is perfect, with terrific editing by Yoshiyuki Koike to help create this brilliant merging of styles and genres. Nakashima is a true artist." (finalreel.co.uk)
Ex-Cop (Kōji Yakusho) spends his life as a miserable supermarket cop with a tendency for alcohol. When his daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu) vanishes, he begins a tortured, fast-paced search leading to disturbing revelations.