World soundtrack awards
Archived: Himeanole - Himeanôru (2016)

director: Keisuke Yoshida

With: Gaku Hamada, Ryusuke Komakine, Gô Morita, a.o.

duration: 99 minutes
Thriller, Drama

Spotlight Japan

Okada works part-time at a cleaning company. Recently he has been feeling frustrated about his go-nowhere life. One day co-worker Mr. Ando asks Okada to help him in his quest to win the love of Yuka, a waitress at a nearby restaurant. Reluctantly Okada agrees and, by chance, meets high school classmate Shoichi Morita when at the restaurant.

After seeing Okada and Morita talking, Yuka tells Okada that Morita has been stalking her. While Okada finds it hard to believe, he recalls how Morita was severely bullied throughout high school. He wonders if there may now be something amiss with his former friend.

While the ordinary life drama between Okada, Yuka and Mr. Ando plays out, the deranged Morita engages in a spree of serial murders as he attempts to trap Yuka in his web of lust driven crime.

"No punches are pulled and Yoshida goes all in with the violence and thrilling elements, creating the most memorable Japanese suspense-thriller of the year." (Eastern Kicks)


director: Keisuke Yoshida
screenplay: Keisuke Yoshida based on the manga by Minoru Furuya

production company: Django Film

More info

dialogue: Japanese
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Japan
year: 2016

Official site


KEISUKE YOSHIDA: Nama-natsu (2005), Tsukue no nakami (2007), Cafe Isobe (2008), Sankaku (2010), The Workhorse & the Bigmouth (2013), My Little Sweet Pea (2013), Silver Spoon (2014), Himeanole (2016).

Technical Specs

sound: Dolby Digital SRD
format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85


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