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As the Gods Will 2014

  • Takashi Miike
  • November 15, 2014
  • 117 mins
  • Japanese
  • Horror, Thriller
Takahata Shun's day at high school begins just as normal and boring as ever, but it doesn't end that way. After his teacher's head explodes, he and his classmates find themselves forced to play children's games, such as Daruma ga Koronda (a game like Red Light/Green Light), with deadly stakes. With no idea who is behind this mysterious deadly game session, and no way of knowing when it will finally end, the only thing Shun and other students can do is keep trying to win...

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I neither understand what I just watched, nor know whether I was entertained by it.

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This movie is really crazy. Crazy awesome too.

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There isn't quite someone as Miike, keeping busy with tons of movies every single year. "As the Gods Will" is an adaptation of a death game manga of the same title. Each round is based on a traditional game or at least inspired by one. The violence has a good mix of humor to it while still keeping it 'real'. For most of it's runtime the movie is entertaining, there is however no conclusion to the story. Sort of like Gantz there is a global scale to the events but you won't get it from this alone. The movie also closes on another stage of the game, be it endgame or not.

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