A man possesses a special ability to manipulate others with just his eyes. Because of this special ability, he killed his abusive father and was abandoned by his mother. He now lives a lonely life in the dark side of a city. Meanwhile, Shuichi Tanaka doesn't have a family and lives with his friends. Even though he is poor, he has a bright outlook on life. One day, these two men meet. The man becomes confused, because he can't manipulate Shuichi with his eyes.
Cast & Credits
I didn't watch the Korean version so I can't compare even if I did I won't waste my time with this japan VS. Korea thing. As for the movie I won't say It was epic film but its indeed a great film. Some may say it has a weak plot cause there are so many why's factors after watching the movie but movies like this I don't care about those things I'll just eat what the director present to me that appears to be a VS. (duel) between characters with same situation, a duel with their beliefs. I really like the pacing of the movie it didn't have any of those boring parts that Japanese critics hate even those less action parts with Tanaka and his friends as they add fun elements to the movie.
Like I said I won't talk about this VS. thing between Korea and japan but I'll talk about this VS. thing This between yamada and fujiwara. As a fan of yamada and even if I'm not a fan of yamada I believe he's a better actor. Fujiwara did a great job but as I said in my earlier comment about monsterz I can think actors who can play this type of character better, fujiwara has this bad hobbit to overact and thankfully it didn't happen in this film. As for yamada tho not his best performance but he did great as well, he can act calm but when it requires intensity damn he can give you that. I always hate protect-everything-type of character but with his portrayal makes me wanna root for him. The VS. Battle between these two actors I will give slight edge to yamada IMO...but the sure thing is the fact that I compare them means they have great chemistry as enemies. Other actors did good too like satomi she has less screen time but she did play her character well and she and yamada still have chemistry like back in their H2 days like for example that scenes where they talk about maps, their magic didn't fade I really love seeing those 2 back again. The actor who played jun surprise me too he played a gay character believable lmao.
Lastly about the strongest part of the movie its epic soundtrack. I believe that a films soundtrack is crucial to a film cause it sets the mood to a certain scene and I can say seriously that this films soundtrack is one of the best if not the best soundtrack I heard in my years of watching Japanese movies the theme is haunting it haunts me even after watching I still hear the tune in my brain.
The music is definitely a 10/10.
The actors acting was superb. I've always enjoyed both Fujiwara Tatsuya's and Yamada Takayuki's roles in whatever drama/movie they star in.
I definitely recommend this to whomever wants to enjoy something along the lines of supernatural, thriller and mystery. I'm definitely going to rewatch this one of these days, but for now, I'm going to simply enjoy the knowledge of the semi-"happy ending", that I think this turned out to be. I could be wrong and I apologize but that's how I feel.
The thing I disliked about the entire thing, though, was the fact that the whole 'gay character' tag was applied because a Jun, one of Shuichi's friends is the gay one. I would've enjoyed it more if Shuichi was the gay character. Oh well, I can easily enjoy the thought in my imagination.