The Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel (2010)

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"No Longer Human" tells the story of a young man who has felt since childhood utterly alien from others around him. Since that time he has learned to put on a face to hide his alienation. He feels incapable of belonging to the human society, especially so by society's refusal to take him seriously. He then follows a descent into alcohol, drugs, & suicide ...
Yozo Oba (Toma Ikuta) was born into read morea wealthy family in Tsugaru. As a child he practiced smiling to hide his true feelings and to get along with others. His classmate Dakeichi found out about Yozo's eccentric behavior and told others about him. But Dakeichi also told Yozo a strange prediction about his life ... that he will become popular with the ladies and draw beautiful pictures.
During Yozo's high school years he moved to Tokyo. In Tokyo he meets Horiki (Yusuke Iseya), a guy six years older than him. Horiki is known for being a player and one day drags Yozo to the Blue Flower Bar run by Madame Ritsuko (Michiyo Ookusu). At the bar there is poet Chuya Nakahara (Go Morita) who proclaims "war is brown like the color of shit". Yozo doesn't say anything as he takes in the environment.
Yozo starts to drink more often and starts to live the fast life like Horiki. Like Dakeichi's prediction, Yozo also becomes popular with the ladies and always has a woman next to him. But, Yozo starts to become sick of this lifestyle.
At a cafe, Yozo meets Hisako (Shinobu Terajima) a women who lets him drink without paying. Yozo senses that Hisako feels a heavy sense of loneliness like himself. One day Yozo and Hisako attempts to kill themselves out in the Sea of Kamakura. Hisako dies, but Yozo survives. His family then takes Yozo to a sanitarium ...

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  • Native title:

    人間失格
  • Also Known as:

    No Longer Human; Ningen Shikkaku;

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Oct 18, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I have initially put this movie on hold, since I wasn't really ready to handle a depressing film as per the initial summary I've read at Avistaz but I'm glad I finally got to watch it. The movie is mostly slow and has a really complex story line. Despite that, the portrayal of the actors was top of the line, it felt realistic and they have nailed each character with so much read more fervor it could actually affect the way you think of the movie.

Upon watching, I feel like the main character Yozo Oba has lived such a bleak existence. He had no sense of purpose and I felt bad for him as he trudged on with his life not knowing where to go, what exactly he wants to achieve or simply not knowing how to live in happiness. Near the end of the film though, there was a glimpse of a little fulfillment and joy in his desolate life, but it didn't actually last long. Things simply happen and life was being a bitch to him.

Music wise, it was melancholic and enough to make the film into what its tone should be but it's not something that has wowed me enough to remember it. I'm having second thoughts on re-watching it, probably I will in the far future if I wanted to re-analyze my own life if it has indeed become as depressing as Yozo Oba.

Overall, I would suggest that if someone would decide to check this movie out simply because Ikuta Toma is their bias, think again. It's not romantic, it's also devoid of anything funny because this film can sap the happiness out of you like it did for me and lastly it has a heavy atmosphere all throughout its run time. That said, I’m still recommending it because it happened in real life, it is a beautiful memoir and it has fantastic actors to back it up.
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I like to compare both main characters and their self absorbed point of view in life. Both films are a book adaptations which depicts depression, suicide, sex, loss and life. It may be a bit slow but the story line, cinematography and acting makes up for it.

All together, both movies are beautifully written, definitely not a waste of time to watch.
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    Alonso Jul 10, 2016
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    blg Apr 21, 2016

    synopsis sounded familiar then i reliased that this is an adaptation from Osamu Dazai' novel No Longer Human.i havent read the book but it is also source to an anime special.

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    biniBningPunkista Oct 18, 2015

    I do hope more people get to check this film out, even with all its seriousness.

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    jonssister Feb 27, 2014

    Where can I watch this? I don't want to download it.

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    Oriano Oct 8, 2013

    Does anyone know where I can watch this?

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      LillithEvans Oct 15, 2013

      I can send you a downloading link if you want ^.^

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      Oriano Oct 22, 2013

      That would be awesome :D

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      micheee Mar 31, 2014

      where can i download it?

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    Nana8 Sep 22, 2013

    Interesting movie...

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    hela Dec 18, 2012 - edited

    *deleted* I never said anything

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      BB26 Aug 18, 2014

      I don't know what you said, but now I'm really curious about it :P Should I watch it?

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      hela Aug 19, 2014

      Hmm, do you know the book (No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai)? The film is an accurate rendition of the somewhat dark and existentialist book, so unless you're a fan of people like Camus or Sartre, it may seem a bit boring.
      well, if you want to watch it because of Toma, go ahead because, not that I understand acting or anything, but I think he did a good job.

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      BB26 Aug 19, 2014

      Oh thanks.. and nope I don't know that book, and I'm also not interested because of the actors but I have developed an interest in psychological movies... Mainstream movies are getting me bored and that's why I'm searching for "different"movies ^^ Thanks anywaayyy :3

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      hela Aug 20, 2014 - edited

      Oh great, then then this one might be for you. If you're looking for something different, then I'd suggest 2 directors, Kim Ki-duk for S. Korea (I'd recommend to start with a film called 3-Iron, my fav is also Samaritan Girl) and Sion Sono for Japan (usually very intense and gory films, for starters, I'd suggest Love Exposure, it's not bloody so rather an exception, but one of my favs of all time). Also, maybe a Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, though his films are more calm but so beautifully done. Try for example the classic In The Mood for Love.

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      BB26 Aug 21, 2014

      Thank you very much!! and I know those two directors, haven't watched the movies you mentioned tho... This is something to start with ;)

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    Dream33 Sep 16, 2012

    I don't know the first hour seems boring & slow for me

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    Bladey Jan 7, 2012

    The drama won the Best Drama Award for 2nd Television Drama Academy Awards (1994-Sep-21)

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Feb 20, 2010
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 14 min.

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