- Apr 21
- IKIGAMI (aka DEATH NOTICE) on English subbed DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 21/04/09 at 06:56 AM
It’s always a good day when almost at random a Japanese movie title we’ve been itching to see, suddenly appears on English subtitled Hong Kong DVD. Latest to come at us out of the Blue is Tomoyuki Takimoto’s dystopian thriller Ikigami (Death Notice). Based on Mase Motoro's popular manga, Ikigami portrays a Japan where Big Brother is always watching.
Synopsis: If you had only 24 hours left to live, how would you spend it? To encourage productivity among citizens, the Japanese government has introduced its own process of unnatural selection: all people between the ages of 18 and 24 are eligible for a death lottery. Those deemed unproductive for the common good are chosen to die and served an "ikigami", or death notice, 24 hours before their end. Ikigami follows the story of some of the victims, but also that of Matsuda, whose grim and reluctant task it is to deliver notice of impending doom.
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