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An Official Selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and winner of Best Picture at the Kinema Jumpo Awards, Miwa Nishikawa s (Wild Berries) Sway is a psychologically thrilling portrait of the severe dysfunction behind a family clinging to decorum and pride. Takeru is a successful photographer living the good life in Tokyo. On the first anniversary of his mother s death, he reluctantly sets off to visit his hometown. Once there, he runs into Chieko, the girlfriend he had left behind. Events turn when a fatal accident involving Chieko causes Takeru s brother, Minoru, to be arrested. A trial begins, and as it progresses, years of suppressed anger and betrayal come to the surface, revealing a gulf of jealousy and resentment between the brothers that threatens to tear their family apart.

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5 STARS (HIGHEST RATING) Sway is a film that keeps you gripping your chair with every passing moment. --Cinema Without Borders

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  • Actors: Miwa Nishikawa
  • Directors: Miwa Nishikawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KimStim
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DZN63O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on June 5, 2012
All I can say is the less you read about this movie, the better. I have yet to see anyone write a review about Sway that doesn't give away the entire plot and ending for the sake of analysis. Read those after you've watched it.

Although Nishikawa is adored by critics and her movies routinely win awards both domestically and abroad, she's probably under-appreciated by fans. Her stories have emotional depth and subtle twists that leave you thinking long after the movie is over. Sway is a prime example of this. Hopefully her 2009 film "Dear Doctor" will get released in North America someday too.

For the most part, Teruyuki Kagawa is great in everything he does, but this was the movie where Odagiri truly broke out as an actor and not just a cool leading man type. He obviously takes film acting very seriously and that's an increasingly rare attitude in Japan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Fujita on June 26, 2010
Takeru (Jo Odagiri)is a celebrity photographer in Tokyo and younger brother of Minoru (Teruyuki Kagawa). They are the offspring of Isamu Hayakawa (Masato Ibu), who owns the local gas station. Minoru works at the gas station. Minoru is kind, gentle, and responsible: the typical good guy. Takeru is a player. On the one year anniversary of their mother's death, Takeru visits his hometown. His girlfriend at the time, Chieko (Yoko Maki)now works at the gas station. Minoru likes Chieko, Chieko still has feelings for Takeru. For one night, Takeru has feelings for Chieko. The three go an outing at the waterfalls. Chieko dies. Minoru is arrested.

Since Takeru's return, Minoru has been the peacekeeper between Takeru and Isamu. But after the arrest, it is the other way around. The synpopsis on the cover reads, "years of suppressed anger and betrayal come to the surface, revealing a gulf of jealousy and resentment between the brothers that threatens to tear their family apart."

The synopsis is the action that is displayed on the screen. The night before Takeru is to testify at the trial, he argues with Minoru. Then at the trial, he says what he is saying is to get his brother back.

The last scene does bring the story together, and it is so subtle that it is easy to miss. During their argument, Minoru says something to Takeru about Takeru's personality. The ending didn't make sense to me until I remembered that exchange. The result is that Takeru realizes it is not Minoru who had to be redeemed, but himself.
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