Charisma (1999) Japan
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Director:Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Studio:Homevision
Producer:Satoshi Kanno
Writer:Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Rating:4.0 (8 votes)
Rated:Unrated
Date Added:2010-05-06
ASIN:B0007XT7Q8
UPC:9780780029408
Price:$24.95
Genre:Art House & International
Release:2005-05-17
Duration:104
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby
Languages:Japanese
Subtitles:English
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  ...  (Director)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  ...  (Writer)
 
Kôji Yakusho  ...  
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi  ...  
Ren Ôsugi  ...  
Yoriko Douguchi  ...  
Jun Fubuki  ...  
Jun'ichirô Hayashi  ...  Cinematographer
Junichi Kikuchi  ...  Editor
Tags: Buddhism Drama

Summary: "What is it with this forest?" That is the question for disgraced Tokyo detective Goro Yabuike (Kôji Yakusho, "Shall We Dance"), who finds himself embroiled in a tense struggle revolving around a gnarled, forbidding tree. Goro has fled Tokyo after a hostage crisis escalates into tragic violence. He finds himself in a remote forest where the surrounding vegetation is diseased, the streams are polluted, and other trees are dying or dead. Is the solitary tree rare, or a mutation? An eccentric caretaker fiercely protects the tree from a group of forest rangers who want to profit from it and a botanist who insists that the toxic tree must be destroyed. Can Goro redeem himself, and "restore the rules of the world?" This provocative thriller is a dramatic departure for international award-winning genre filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa ("Séance"), one of the brightest stars of Japan’s New Wave.