Director: Masaya Kekehi
Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro , Manami Konishi, Sumiko
Fuji, Ken Mitsuishi, Takuya Ishida, Jun Murakami, Erika Okuda,
RunTime: 1 hr 55 mins
Released By: InnoForm Media, Festive Films
Official Website: www.festivefilms.com/accuracy
Opening Day: 15 May 2008
from the bestselling novel by Kotaro Isaka “The Accuracy
of Death”. Chiba (Takeshi Kaneshiro) appears seven days
before a person dies an unexpected death. His job is to observe
the person for seven days, and then decide either to ‘execute’
or ‘pass over’. Getting his work quickly out of
the way, he goes to the listening booth of a CD shop and indulges
in his favorite pastime, listening to ‘humanity’s
greatest invention’: music.
He is...a Grim Reaper. Today, again, in the rain, he waits.
His subject, her death due in seven days, is Kazue Fujiki
(Manami Konishi), 27. She works for a manufacturing company,
in the complaints department. Exhausted after her day, she
emerges from her office. It’s time for the Reaper to
go to work.
Heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro can do no wrong. The Chinese
Japanese actor is perfect. This man has got fans everywhere.
With his chiseled good looks and his beautiful eyes, he can
smear mud all over his pretty face as a warrior in The Warlords
(2007), sing love songs and look forlorn as a heartbroken
actor in Perhaps Love (2005), or wear expensive shades as
a suave gunman in Returner (2002) – he makes these movies
good. So we are pretty sure that other than his loyal fans,
the handsome actor’s latest Japanese movie will go down
well with everyone else. Besides, it’s got a decent
Kakei directs Kaneshiro in a movie adaptation of Kotaro Isaka’s
novel, where the actor plays a Grim Reaper (the best looking
one ever, we’d say) who appears seven days before someone
who is about to die an unexpected death. He will spend this
week with them before deciding whether they will die or not.
If the messenger of death really looked this good, we are
predicting girls wouldn’t mind dying so much.
115-minute movie is made up of three interconnected stories
which protagonists are targets of the attractive Grim Reaper.
There’s a meek girl whose job is to receive complaint
calls, a crime committing mafia leader who has a faithful
follower and an old hairdresser who lives alone in the countryside.
a Japanese production, you can expect everything to be beautifully
visualized on screen. The cinematography by Takahide Shibanushi
showcases the melancholic showers, the gritty mafia showdowns
and the withering sunflowers to great effect. These complement
the mood of the romance fantasy movie and will please viewers
with a sense of aesthetics greatly. Watch out also for some
simple but effective computer generated effects which will
make you suspend all beliefs and immerse yourself in the beautiful
the pretty images in place, the next thing that works well
in this movie is its well articulated themes about life. What
defines happiness? What does it take to give up on happiness?
What makes one faithful in what he believes in? What makes
one’s life fulfilling and complete at the end of the
day? Sure, these are romanticized notions that some cynics
may consider a waste of constructive time, but we’d
think that these are the finer details of life which busy
urbanites like us should slow down and take note of. These
three tales bring together these messages and make you look
at the big picture of things in a lyrical manner.
Konishi (Udon) and Sumiko Fuji (Hula Girls) comfortably play
their roles of the Grim Reaper’s targets. Konishi is
perfect for the docile and submissive girl who gets a new
outlook of life when the Grim Reaper pays her a visit. The
gorgeous theme song “Sunny Day” performed by the
starlet will be on repeat mode on your player. Fuji’s
steady performance as the old hairdresser with a secret is
one you will not forget easily.
of course, Kaneshiro is again perfectly cast. Even when the
charming actor goes into an unnecessarily silly mode, you
forgive him because you know he can carry it off very nicely.
The actor can absolutely do no wrong.
(You’ll fall in love with this movie)
Review by John Li