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Picnic (1996)

Pikunikku (original title)
Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a ... See full summary »

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Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chara Chara ... Coco
Tadanobu Asano ... Tsumuji
Koichi Hashizume Koichi Hashizume ... Satoru
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Head Nurse
Fujiko Yamamoto Fujiko Yamamoto ... Nurse
Shifumi Yamaguichi Shifumi Yamaguichi ... Coco's Mother
Takaaki Kabuto Takaaki Kabuto ... Coco's Father
Kazue Itô Kazue Itô ... Doctor
Keiichi Suzuki Keiichi Suzuki ... Pastor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sumi Mutoh Sumi Mutoh ... Nurse
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Storyline

Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a picnic spot with the best vantage point to view the final event. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PICNIC<日本バージョン> See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Chara and Tadanobu Asano met while filming this film and married the same year. The two had an amicable divorce in 2009 after fourteen years of marriage. See more »

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overlong, weak effort with stunning visuals
6 March 2008 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Iwai's Swallowtail and Love Letter are two of my favourite films. Asano and Chara are high calibre actors, and there are the stunning visual set pieces we've come to expect from Iwai, including the most arresting, startling suicide death ever committed to celluloid, a thing of sheer beauty. Unfortunately, the story is just too flimsy. The characters are not developed beyond their prognosis; Asano's demon makes disturbing hallucinatory appearances, but apart from that back story the rest is just three mentally disturbed people walking (and walking, and walking...) on a wall. There seems to be a short version and an extended version kicking about - I had the extended version, and it felt long. This seems to work better as a short film. The pseudo-Christian references are lame, a bum note in an otherwise passable effort. Thankfully, Iwai paid more attention to script in his later outings. This early one is strictly for fans looking to chart the director's development.


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