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Seen on: 06/13/2020

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As the Gods Will (2014)

Directed by Takashi Miike

Science Fiction | Horror | Thriller

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Overview

Takahata Shun’s day at high school begins just as boring as ever, but it doesn’t end that way. He and his classmates find themselves forced to play children’s games with deadly stakes. With no idea who is behind, the only thing Shun and other students can do is keep trying to win.

Length 117 minutes

Actors

Nao Omori | Sakichi Satô | Tsutomu Yamazaki | Lily Franky | Ryûnosuke Kamiki | Dôri Sakurada | Reiko Takashima | Shota Sometani | Jingi Irie | Atsuko Maeda | Nobue Iketani | Sota Fukushi | Shion Tsuchiya | Ryûhei Ueshima | Hirona Yamazaki | Nijiro Murakami | Makoto Takahashi | Mio Yuki | Ryosuke Yamamoto | Naoto Takahashi | Shotaro Okubo | Ryô Asagiri | Takayuki Yanagi | Kisetsu Fujiwara | Kentaro Tamura | Rika Hoshina | Shogo Tajima | Atsushi Ogawa | Megumi Mizoguchi | Minori Hagiwara | Rena Shimura | Arisa Nakajima | Junpei Yasui | Toya Morita | Rima Matsuda | Sasuke Otsuru | Jimon Terakado | Katsuhiro Higo | Yuuka Suzuki | Koichi Yamazaki | Ken Goto | Kaito | Hiroki Takano | Nishimura Taisuke | Toru Mizuno | Takuya Matsunaga | Ken Sugawara | Shinsuke Sakuragi | Taro Nakamura | Sae Shimizu | Hiroaki Harada | Yuuki Nagasaki | Haruka Yamashita | Yuuta Sakamoto | Momoko Okada | Risa Kojima | Airi Yamada | Serou Uchida | Haruki Hiromori | Jigen Araki | Yuka Akiyama | Haruna Koike | Koki Nakajima | Tomoaki Kimura | Shuna Kurihara | Masataka Kano | Ryo Tanaka | Fumie Sumiyoshi | Ayaka Kawamura | Rina Serizawa | Yui Shirakawa | Go Ootsu | Ryo Minase | Haruka Sato | Haruna Ishikawa | Haruna Koya | Shota Ozawa | Tooru Asazuma | Shingo Hirayasu | Shoya Shiokawa | Shohei Naganuma | Kentaro Mori | Karan Terata | Juri Yamazaki

Viewing Notes

One hundred percent my shit. Forgot all about this movie until DKUTV programmed it. Glad to have finally watched it. Looked so good (via Twitch app) that it had to be a Blu and sure enough Funimation released it. WTH they have shitty marketing bc I had no idea this got a release here.

This is one of those films where you know from the start that it’s a based on a manga. I’m not familiar with this one but it’s so similar to other HS survival stories. However, I’m tired of the “one kid in group is evil” trope that all these share. That said I really like the use of different traditional toys, for lack of a better word, as the challenges. Since this was a worldwide phenomenon it would’ve been neat to see what the teens in other countries were facing. In this way it reminded me of CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Between this and LESSON OF EVIL it seems like Miike was trying to make his own Battle Royale. Neither of these reached those heights but I appreciate the swings he’s taken.

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