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Helpless and Reckless 2012

  • Haruhi Oguri
  • February 1, 2012
  • 81 mins
  • Japanese
  • Comedy
Narumi (Nahana), who has an aggressive personality, stabbed her colleague and went to prison. After serving her time, Narumi is released and goes back to her hometown where she grew up. Narumi goes to her younger brother Kei's (Kuniaki Nakamura) home. At a young age, their parents died in a accident and Kei is the only one left Narumi can rely on. After Narumi sees Kei and his girlfriend Kana (Keiko Sugawara living together happily, Narumi decides to take her brother back. Narumi reveals a secret between her and Kei.

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This movie has the genius alternative title Toilet and Women. Now that sounds like fun, no? I'm glad they deceided against that one because "Helpless and Reckless" gives a much better idea of what it's about (but it remains true that two important scenes involve a toilet and a woman). Anyways, this is one of these raw JP indies that make you go 'WTF JAPAN'. Let's just say that our protagonist became quite distrubed and is on a free fall into the abyss. One of the core issues is incest so if that does not sit well with you don't even bother (same for scenes involving a fetus (shout out to Let's Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club)..). The whole affair was directed by a woman which is maybe the reason why the boy is a bit too young in one of the backflashes which was what bothered me the most. Looking past the themes it's a well made and acted movie, it just probably won't be the cup for most people.

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