Due to the high suicide rate among youths in Japan, the government implements experiments to uncover the causes behind the high suicide rate. Children are selected and placed in a YSC facility under constant surveillance. At the age of 10, the children are then give a detonator with a red switch. They are told if they press the switch they will die immediately. Most of the children under the experiment, eventually presses the switch and dies.
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The thing with this movie is, it has a very interesting story at it's core, but this is a very rough movie in terms of almost everything except perhaps music. In addition to that it feels like the focus of the story is pretty divided.
Let me say this much, this movie had the potential to be very, very amazing. As it is now, it's a good movie but pretty slow and the focus is put on the wrong things according to my personal opinion. I say the stuff that takes place at the start of the last third part of the movie should have taken up alot more time of the movie to build up the ending even more. The pacing is kinda slow too which doesn't help. Those complaints aside, this movie is very sad and touching, almost a little to much, but the good parts are all towards the end. It's safe to say you shouldn't watch this movie if you're depressed, but perhaps you gathered that from the title of it.
The cast is solid, but the one who stands out the most is Mizusawa, and I can't wait to see her in more roles. I'm not sure who directed this, but some parts were very beautiful while sometimes it was pretty bad.
Music captures the moments, but it isn't anything you will remember.
To sum things up, this is a pretty interesting movie, but it could have been alot better had they focused the story more. It's very dark, slow, sad and depressing, but also very beautiful. I honestly can't say if I recommend it or not. If you think it looks interesting and are comfortable sitting through slow and depressing movies, you might be able to get a very touching story out of this movie.