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Katayama Yu is a young man who lives in the remote but beautiful village of Kamonmura. He has lived there since he was a child and is unable to leave due to an incident in his past. To pay off his mother's debt, Katayama Yu works in a garbage disposal facility nearby. He lives without a dream or hope in his life. One day, Nakai Misaki returns to Kamonmura from Tokyo. Katayama Yu and Nakai Misaki were childhood friends. Her return changes Katayama Yu. (Source: AsianWiki) Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 393 users)
  • Ranked: #8919
  • Popularity: #8687
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Jun 18, 2023
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Overall 6.5
Story 5.0
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Rewatch Value 3.0
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story line is hard to grasp, you might get bored throughout the movie.

This movie was 2 HOURS. I watched it for Ryusei Yokohama and I was quite disappointed and left a little bit confused with the ending.

from what I've understood after watching the whole movie (no ending mentioned),

Yuu(ryusei's character) works in a garbage facility in a province village. aside from segregating trash, they also have a small side job of illegal dumping hazardous waste in secret which is I think from yakuzas or gangsters.
Misaki-- Yuu's childhood friend-- comes back from tokyo to work in the village. they get an offer to feature their village in a documentary and that means that the garbage facility will also be included. Yuu becomes the tour guide for the garbage facility in the show. due to this, Yuu becomes famous around the village and people started to like him.
one day a newbie worker in the facility discovers the illegally dumped waste and reports it to the police.
due to this, the mayor pushed the responsibility to Yuu. Now, Yuu has to try closing this case quietly without getting in much trouble. they acted clueless and cooperated with the newbie who discovered the hazardous waste.
then, the news reports that they've found a body in the facility, which made the problem bigger, and made everybody stressed out. It ruined the reputation of the garbage facility and Yuu became more overwhelmed of his responsibilities.

cinematography was nice, acting was nice, It did give off mysterious vibes but the storyline wasn't the best.
For me, there were many unnecessary scenes and it took 40+ minutes to finally get to the main problem of the movie.
Would I rewatch? small chance.
But being completely honest, if you don't have enough patience, this movie might become a waste of your time.

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Larger-than-life tragedy about... work health and safety?

Yuu, when we first meet him, is in a state of misery. He works at his village's mega waste facility as a garbage sorter by day and illegal waste dumper by night, coerced into the work due to his mother's gambling addiction. His life takes a turn for the better when his childhood friend, Misaki, moves back to the town. The two share a love of Noh: an important tradition in the village.

From the start, the stakes are clear: environmental destruction, worker exposure to deadly hazards, and deep corruption among local authorities. In many respects, this film could have been a documentary. The tale it tells is one currently happening around the world.

But to avoid banality and hitting too close to home, the film's creators have opted for a larger-than-life tragedy approach to the story. The result is a high quality production with beautiful cinematography, especially the shots focussing on the Noh tradition of the village. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost to narrative cohesion, character development, and pacing.

The split focus of The Village means it ultimately fails to pack a punch. While it does have a strong tragedy element that explores the morally ambiguous nature of coerced labour, the supporting characters are just a little too underdeveloped to make it work. Maybe give this reel a sharp edit and try again.

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  • Movie: The Village
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 393 users)
  • Ranked: #8919
  • Popularity: #8687
  • Watchers: 903

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