Plot: As the Grim Reaper in human form, 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 pastimes, listen to 'humanity's greatest invention' : music.
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.
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Kotaro Isaka 'The Accuracy of Death'.
«Accuracy of Death is delicate in stating its themes. It's beautifully shot, and it's charming throughout. Credit for much of the film's success goes to Kaneshiro, who is in every scene and never lets you forget why he is one of the world's most compelling big-screen stars. You simply can't take your eyes off him.»
«Being 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.»
Twitch, by Ard Vijnsource:
«“Accuracy of Death” is by no means a masterpiece and will not floor you with new stunning insights into human nature, yet it still manages to be quite a pleasant little movie. Takeshi Kaneshiro steals the show and is worth the price of admission all by himself. »
«The first thing that comes screaming to your mind when you come to know of this movie, is MEET JOE BLACK, yes in caps, and a nagging feeling that it's a rip off / copycat coming some 10 years after that Hollywood movie. Although this is based on the Japanese novel by Kotaro Isaka, you can't help but to ponder upon the similarities between the two movies.»
«While “Sweet Rain” won’t rank in any category as “great,” the movie consistently engages in most categories (minus the weak middle segment). ... When it’s all said and done “Sweet Rain” comes across as a more commercial Hirokazu Koreeda like film. Not to shabby I say. »
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