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Vital (2004) * Top Pick *
Genre: Drama Thriller (Japan)
Starring: Tadanobu Asano (Ichi The Killer • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)), Nami Tsukamoto
Directed By: Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo)
Overview: When an amnesiac medical student returns to school for a semester in dissection, he discovers that the body he is dissecting is the key to unlocking his memories.
Vital is my kind of movie.
Apart from having a foreign context which adds a pinch of cultural growth, it's artsy, and by artsy I mean nothing so difficult to understand as Jodorowsky or the Brothers Quay, but certainly far more in the realm of the implied than the mainstream force-fed superhero plots. In short, it's definitely not something you'll find at your Superplex anytime soon.
As tales go, it's simplistically complex. We have a gifted medical student who is suffering from amnesia. As he begins a four-month semester in dissection, his sense of identity returns as he works on a deceased young lady. Many aspects of the corpse reminds him of his past and sparks images and memories. This inspires him to work harder, and as he draws the female corpse's nerves and veins in his workbook, so too does he draw strength and memory from her.
The tale is original, beautifully shot and perfectly paced.
It's Vital, and very worthy Japanese film.
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 9 Script: 8 Plot: 9 Mood: 9
Overall Rating: 86% (On Art's Pulse)