Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Chiaki Kuriyama, Hiroki Narimiya, Tomoka Kurokawa, Motoki Ochiai, Simon Britton
Director: Ken Nikai
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Do you believe in love after death? On the eve of her 19th birthday, Mizuki (Kuriyama) doesn't have a lot to celebrate about. Her mother recently committed suicide, her stepfamily bothers her, her boyfriend has been cheati... more »
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A slow, beautifully sentimental ghost story
Amber White | Tacoma, WA, USA | 07/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last Quarter stars Hyde (japanese rock star) and Chiaki Kuriyama best known in the states for her role as Gogo in Kill Bill.
It is a beautifully filmed story. This is not an action movie. Everyone is cast very well. Also, Last Quarter is based of a manga of the same name.
The story is focused around a girl who is unsatisfied with her life. She is drawn to a mansion and finds a musician there called Adam. He is very otherworldly. Because of her discontent she doesn't want to leave and soon is unable to. After she is in an accident, her (frequently) ex-boyfriend and two other young people try to help her find her way home. Themes of rebirth and karma are expressed through her relationship with Adam.
This is a movie to watch if you are in the mood for some tears."
The Real Chiaki
Christopher Evola | Guam | 09/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was attracted to Last Quarter for its resemblance, on the DVD cover, to quality J-Horror movies. It turned out, however, to be a tear-jerking, stunningly beautiful supernatural love story, with a haunting soundtrack. The visuals ranged from ordinary street scenes in metropolitan Japan to computer graphic altered state sequences in such a way that it became obvious that the film was making a comment on the emotional condition of contemporary Japanese youth. It is full of hope and light. The essence of this vision is unforgettably expressed in the smiles and tears of Chiaki Kuriyama. She plays a 19-year-old girl who, because of devastating emotional shocks in her own life, is vulnerable to exploitation by a couple of dead lovers attempting to reincarnate. Several highly emotional scenes in the film will, I believe, go down as classic scenes in cinema. Chiaki carries everything off with absolute sensitivity. I think she will soon establish a reputation as the most unique romantic lead since Ingrid Bergman. I suppose, however, that because her facial structure allows her to display a rather unprepossessing frown, as in Kill Bill and on the cover of i-D Magazine, she is also being thought of as a monstrously tough chick. This is not her. If you want to see the real Chiaki, watch Last Quarter."
Haunting, dark, and beautiful
Michael Z. Williamson | Greenwood, IN United States | 07/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure how a reviewer figures this is anything like Harry Potter. I suppose both are fantasy.
The souls of two young women separated by 19 years and exact phases of the moon, plus some personal items, become locked together in an abandoned mansion, one after death, one after an accident that knocks her into a coma.
A younger schoolgirl finds this apparition, and must resolve the mystery of who she is and where she came from. She and a classmate must find the lover of the first woman, argue with and convince the boyfriend of the second (Mizuni), and work with this ghost that only one of them can see, who doesn't recall her life on Earth and doesn't believe it existed. The ending is a fight of life vs afterlife, with a very real death awaiting the real world Mizuni.
My only two criticisms are that the two decade old "indie" band sounds very contemporary pop, and the denouement is a little long. But the acting is first rate, the camera work striking and gorgeous and the plot well-developed, believable and not overplayed. I caught it at a fair by accident, and my daughter and I sat watching until 1 am. Very good, very classy, and a wonderful tragedy with a warm resolution."
J. Gonzalez | San Antonio, Texas | 11/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good movie. If you only want to see Hyde then you will be upset. He is not in the movie to much but when he is he is great. The story mainly flows two high school students and the lead girl's boyfriend as they try to help her solve a mystery. I don't want to give to much away but if you are into ghost stories and the super natural then this is a movie for you."