Genome Hazard

Genome Hazard (2014)

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A man struggles to reconcile what appears to be his own false identity. After finding his wife’s corpse in his home and then receiving a phone call from her, he discovers he can’t trust his own memories of who he is. He believes himself to be an ordinary Japanese man named Taketo Ishigami, but for some reason, he finds that he knows complex chemistry and is being chased by a group of read moremysterious men demanding him to tell them about someone named Oh Jin Woo. With the help of a Korean journalist that came to Japan to follow a lead on a seemingly related story, Ishigami desperately tries to unravel the maddening puzzle of his own existence.

~~ A Japan-Korea co-produced movie based on the Japanese science fiction novel "Genomu Hazado" by Tsukasaki Shiro.

  • Native title:

    ゲノムハザード ある天才科学者の5日間
  • Also Known as:

    Genomu Hazado - Aru Tensai Kagakusha no 5 Nichikan ; Nameless Person ; Moomyoungin

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Nov 2, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
A co-production between Japan and Korea is already big in itself. We don’t see that every day now, do we? Being a mystery thriller is an extravagant bonus.

Depending on the angle you judge it from, Genome Hazard can be considered as a very engaging thriller. At the matter of fact, the picture was divided into several genres. I wouldn’t say they were in complete harmony but some of them worked out read more in a good manner. The mystery/thriller part was pretty well-executed; the build-up of suspenseful events was definitely able to trigger the audience‘s attention. At some point, you’d find yourself relating to the main character and trying to solve the puzzling equation by his side: a normal man with a double identity and an apparent amnesia, or is it? It’s a complete relief that the screenwriting didn’t try any mischievous attempts to out shadow its viewers.

The other part is Science fiction, I completely respect the idea of turning this into some type of a medical thriller with all of those virus/pharmaceutical schemes but I am sure that the screenwriter (or more like the original novel perhaps) didn’t know how to handle the part overall. Somehow, it felt a bit sarcastic towards science even in a discreet way. This opinion is not based on the fact that I am a scientist myself – although it did trigger me a little. I believe the outcome they resulted from that long science fiction battle was absolutely disappointing. I mean if you were going to go all out and crazy about a scientific fact then you should’ve proved that the trip was worth it. The scientific part obviously failed at portraying a deep meaningful issue.

Genome Hazard had attempts of building romance as well but I don’t think it was successful at that part either. There were too many love interests but none of them came out convincing. Well, it’s unavoidable because when you’re making a film that’s packed with different themes, it comes natural to fail some genres for the favour of others. The thriller/mystery part outclassed Sci-Fi and Romance by miles.

Nishijima Hidetoshi was the absolute star of the picture. That actor’s theatrical acting style and gaze always had me at the edge of my seat; he will always make his character so charismatic and attention-grabbing. His role in this film proved me how much I love to see him on screen. By his side was the Korean actress Kim Hyo Jin; this was the first time meeting her and I would say it was a pleasant introduction. The girl has some cool talent in her; I deeply respect her dedication to learn Japanese solely for this role. The rest of the cast were also fitting; Maki Yoko and Ibu Masato are few to mention.
This film’s directing was so fine. I am not so familiar with Kim Sung Soo but his editing style and camera angles were pretty well-handled. The cinematography was also good and rather catching. I don’t have a clear memory about the musical note though, I think it wasn’t so different from what normal thrillers use as their soundtracks.

Watch if:
-You like thrillers, Japanese or Korean style.
-You like intriguing mysteries.

Do not watch if:
-You don’t appreciate thrillers.
-You’re looking for a strong deep Sci-Fi.

Genome Hazard is a very captivating thriller at first sight but it’s true that it fails at building a coherent storytelling. It’s not perfect by any mean but it’s unquestionably entertaining and engaging in its own way.
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Queen_Makjang
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Aug 31, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
If you love both Japan and South Korea, this is your movie! What a delightful collaboration. We have suspenseful thriller between that develops entirely through the movie. If you are looking for the translation in English, you can watch in its entirety on Drama Fever. You do need to sit down and watch it without any distractions, as it can be hard to follow for some viewers. However, when the story comes read more to complete fruition, 00:00:00:00, you will gain complete appreciation.

Music gets a 5 only because well, there isnt really an OST. Its just instrumental, albeit wonderful instrumental.

This all around gets 9.5 for me. It is an amazing movie that I suggest everyone check out!
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    YukiIwama Jan 25, 2016

    When Nishijima speaks korean...omg x)) So good.

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    Opie-Winston Sep 19, 2015

    very good movie !

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Aug 13, 2015 - edited

    It was a good movie only the story description spoiled it. Can we have a spoiler for the story description in MyDramaList :)

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      usagi Mar 30, 2017

      I fixed it. Anyone can submit an edit to a faulty synopsis...just click on the settings icon to the right of the status bar (i.e. 'completed' 'plan to watch' etc) and you can submit any edits to the page to be approved by moderators.

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      Meena_Drama_Fan Apr 2, 2017

      thx :)

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    Dani Jun 17, 2015

    Great movie!! I can't believe this doesn't have more ratings and reviews. I was very impressed by the atmosphere, storyline, and acting. There were a lot of unanswered questions right from the get-go, which could be off-putting if not done right, but somehow I quickly became invested and wanted to discover (alongside the characters) exactly what was going on. An intriguing concept very well done!

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    Ace Mar 31, 2015 - edited

    A great movie, kept me intrigued all the way.
    I absolutely loved the collaboration, the cast and acting was great too. =)

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    Betty20 Mar 21, 2015 - edited

    Loved this movie and the cast. Loved hearing the leads speaking korean and Japanese.

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    tiabelle Dec 6, 2014

    This movie was freaking awesome!!! If such a research/experiment were possible...

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    bokami Oct 20, 2014

    what the hell with your review ryu?

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    Mei86 Sep 15, 2014

    I think it's a collaboration, so S.Korea should be added next to Japan.

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    nyan Aug 21, 2014

    nishijima san is talented actor
    love his acting it was great

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Jan 24, 2014
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 0 min.

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    8.1 (scored by 160 users)
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