(This one is set in 1994, a year before the culture-shifting sarin gas subway attacks in 1995.) River's Edge (リバーズ・エッジ) is a 2018 Japanese film directed by Isao Yukisada. Some of the high-schoolers are loathsome. 145, This story has been shared 139 times. But the positives outweigh the negatives, and it does end with a glimmer of hope among the gloom. 'Jeopardy' Stunner Leaves Alex Trebek and Fans Speechless: "The Stage Looks Very Lonely". 1,979, This story has been shared 1,830 times. In the same fashion, Kannonzaki has turned to violence in order to cope with his broken family, and Rumi to sex for roughly the same reasons, who include her extremely nosy sister. Families can talk about sex and violence in movies. A Cast Guide To Netflix's Film Version of the Tony Award-Winning Play, Meet the Gay Pioneers Who Made 'The Boys in the Band' Happen, Real-Life Couple Ben Lewis and Blake Lee Cast in Lifetime's First LGBTQ Movie, Kate Winslet's Movie Love Interests (If They Were Sandwiches), Sorry, Lily Collins, Emily from 'Emily in Paris' is Definitely Not 22. Tokyo, 1994. But it’s well-made and -acted bummer, shot in a tight aspect ratio reflecting how hemmed-in these teenagers feel. Admittedly such things are usually laced with comedy or comic-book-y weirdness, as in Riverdale, or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Stranger Things – a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, if you like. To be more accurate would be to say your enjoyment will depend on whether you prioritise style over substance. When one of the lead characters thinks she may be pregnant, she makes a lengthy list of all the men and boys she has slept with, and whether or not she practiced safe sex with them. A teen boy is horrifically bullied, including a scene in which he's found tied up and gagged wearing only his underwear in a locker inside an abandoned school building slated for demolition. A teen boy is shown on the verge of having oral sex with an older man, and a teen girl is shown having sex with an older married man. All rights reserved. Adults are almost nowhere to be seen; structures are all crumbling and rusty; it’s the 1990s, and everything is grim. But beyond that, the characters of River’s Edge are difficult to take to, and while they represent in some ways the usual rigours of adolescence, when the only currency you have to barter with is social status, they often don’t feel like real people, much less ones worth caring about. For a cult teen manga about the angst of high school kids in a Tokyo suburb, River… Browse titles with similar subject matter. Perhaps it's a faithful replication of the manga, but there are so many times when the movie feels forced and overdone at the expense of a coherent narrative. Movie: River's Edge Romaji: Ribazu Ejji Japanese: リバーズ・エッジ Director: Isao Yukisada Writer: Kyoko Okazaki (manga), Misaki Setoyama Producer: Shinji Ogawa, Takahiro Yoshizawa, Shunsuke Koga, Tsuyoshi Sugiyama Cinematographer: Kenji Maki Assistant Director: Yu Koreyasu Release Date: February 16, 2018 Runtime: 118 min. The film is broken up by interviews with each character where they are asked about things like their home life and their plans for the future. Our Take: I’ll be blunt — River’s Edge is a bummer. Haruna has adopted a stance of detachment and insensitivity towards almost everything that takes place around her, with her sole care seeming to be Ichiro, although the reasons never become actually clear (perhaps he likes him as a man, although it never becomes clear). This genre of manga is aimed towards those who are interested in a love story about a girl but prefer it spiced up with some of those previously mentioned edgy topics, like homosexuality and murder. What Time Will 'A West Wing Special' Premiere on HBO Max? Haruna (Fumi Nikaidô, sure to attract attention) is a high-school student who defends and befriends her classmate, Ichiro (Ryô Yoshizawa), who is brutally bullied for being gay. Wondering if River's Edge is OK for your kids? 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The same applies to Ichiro, who has found a rather unusual solace in the weeds (both literally and metaphorically) in order to cope with the constant bullying he has to face. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. When teen girl asks her gay teen male friend how he prefers to have sex, he counters with graphic questions about how she engages in oral sex. How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, Participate in DigCit Week with your kid by using curated activities from Wide Open School, Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance, Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning, Set limits for violence and more with Plus, 5 Tips to Make Family Movie Night a Success. It followed a group of teenagers (including a young Keanu Reeves) in a Northern Californian town who are forced to deal with their friend's murder of his girlfriend, and the subsequent disposal of her body. 'Emily in Paris' Star Lucas Bravo Says Critics "Are Right" About Cliches in the Show, 'Emily in Paris' Controversy Grows As French Critics Chime In, 'The Great British Baking Show' Broke All Our Hearts With that Lottie vs. Sura Elimination, Help! Extended sex scenes, extremely graphic. It is based on a manga of the same title by Kyoko Okazaki. These characters try to make sense of their lives while struggling with very difficult problems. Timely, gritty drama follows undocumented NYC teens. A teen girl shows her friend a plastic bag filled with dead kittens -- it's not shown, but earlier scenes show two of the characters bonding with and taking care of these kittens found in a box next to the school dumpster. The almost nonexistent adult presence makes the whole thing come off like a kind of nihilistic Peanuts, replacing humor via existential angst with tragedy via emo anguish, and the pulling of the football at the last minute with bullying, bulimia, drug use, ad nauseum. Okazaki contributed to the rise of a new style of manga, known as “gyaru manga” (“gyaru” literally translates to “gal”). Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). What to do? What Jessica More Wants You To Know About 'Below Deck Med' Season 5: "I Wasn’t A Psychopath For No Reason", ‘Below Deck Med’ Exclusive: Your First Look at the Season 5 Reunion, 'Below Deck Med' Recap: Rob Bails on The Trip To Bali With Jess. Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Netflix, savvy as ever, is no stranger to the teen drama. Much like ‘Suspiria’ was a feminist horror film that just happened to be written and directed by men, ‘River’s Edge’ is female-centric drama that has arrived on the screen after actress Fumi Nikaidō read the manga and approached Yukisada to adapt it. The story takes place in the 90’s and revolves around a number of characters who attend the same high school. Cast. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Loosely based on the manga of the same name, River's Edge is a film set around teens in an industrial area in Japan in the 90s. 311, This story has been shared 294 times. The movie is dour, and poignant, and dour, and poetic, and dour. DC’s Black Label imprint has provided us with some mature content for some of their most iconic characters. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. Fumi Nikaidō as Haruna Wakakusa; Ryo Yoshizawa as Ichiro Yamada; Shuhei Uesugi as Kannonzaki; Sumire as Kozue Yoshikawa Yamada begins to reveal his secrets -- not only that he's gay, but that he knows where there's a decaying corpse in the reeds by the river. Hunter's film addressed the alienation and moral vacancy among American kids growing up in a drug-oriented, valueless culture.

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