Sometani Shota: Top 10 Project: #4 The Liar and a Broken Girl

Before Himizu, Sometani played your typical high school roles (lie), he was played as an ikemen (half-truth), and won the praise of critics for giving spot on, and often eccentric in-character performances (all true). One such role was as the cheeky, yet lovable compulsive liar with a dark back story in the Natsuki Seta’s twisted beyond-cute-and-evil love story A Liar and a Broken Girl.

#4 A Liar and a Broken Girl

A LIAR AND A BROKEN GIRLMovie: A Liar and a Broken Girl
Romaji: Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan
Japanese: 嘘つきみーくんと壊れたまーちゃん
Director: Natsuki Seta
Release Date: October 25, 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
Runtime: 110 min.
Genre: Romance / Drama
Starring:  Omasa Aya, Sometani Shota, Tabata Tomoko, Suzuki Kyoka…

The Storyline

Ma-chan (Aya Omasa) is a pretty but quirky high schooler, whilst Mi-kun (Shota Sometani) is her childhood friend, a compulsive liar. Together the friends share a dark secret. Ones a kidnapper;  and the other a murderer. Or maybe not.

In a small rural town, a brother and sister goes missing and there’s also a serial killer case involving woman as the victims. Mayu Misono (Aya Omasa) is a sophomore high school student in the town. She is called “Ma-chang”. When Mayu Misono was young, she was also kidnapped and locked up. Since that time she has been traumatized and has become indifferent to everything around her.

One day, in front Mayu’s mansion, her childhood friend Mii-kun (Shota Sometani), who was kidnapped with Mayu, suddenly appears. Ma-chang hugs Mii-kun. Up until now, she has waited for Mii-kun. Mayu has lived in the mansion alone, until a week ago, when she kidnapped two elementary school aged kids and has kept them locked in her mansion. To hide Mayu’s crime, the four of them will live together in the mansion.

Meanwhile, Detective Kamiyashi (Tomoko Tabata) finds out the kidnapping case may be related to the detention case 10 years ago. Kamiyashi contacts psychiatrist Dr. Sakashita (Kyoka Suzuki), who treated Mayu and Mii-kun. Dr. Sakashita believes that if Mayu is treated she may choose to killer herself. By sealing her cruel past away Mayu is able to have balance in her life. To the devastated Mii-kun, Dr. Sakashita told him that Mayu receives happiness by focusing on Mi-kun’s world. But there is a big lie there.

The detective begins to doubt Mayu as the prime suspect. To protect Mayu, Mii-kun is about to carry out a plan. The truth of what happened 10 years ago becomes slowly revealed. The reason Mi-kun tries to protect Mayu, even puts his life at risk, all connects to an unexpected real criminal. – Asianwiki

Sometani’s role…

liar

                                        "That's a lie though"

The above quote best sums up Mii-kun – who is complusive liar with the nasty habit of turning to camera, breaking the forth wall, and addressing the audience with the words “That’s a lie”. So what truths do we know about Mii-kun. We know that he was kidnapped (right?). We know that he was a childhood friend of Mayu (right?). We know that he made a promise to always keep her safe (right?). We know that he didn’t murder anyone (right?).  In fact what we know about Mii-kun is little, except he lies, and more often to himself. He lies to keep Mayu safe and he lies as a coping mechanism of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a way to keep sane (right?). We just don’t know. All we can be certain about is Mii-kun is one complex character and the audience is left second guessing his motivations and actions.

Opinion

In all its fairness this film has to be watched more than once. At first it can puzzule, at times also trouble, while some audiences might be distrubed at the films dark nature because of its closer to reality then say, a horror film. Others might just label it as one f-ed up movie (as one critic did).

One minute, the audience is treated to “Amelie”-like outbursts of cute, juvenile whimsy, the next minute, they are exposed to frightening images of evil and bloodshed. The impact is as nasty as being given Halloween candy with bits of razor-blade inside. – The Hollywood Reporter (2010)

However most critics agreed the film was driven impressively by strong performances by the young leads Aya Omasa and Shota Sometani.

To be written.

his complex film wouldn’t work at all if it wasn’t for Aya Omasa and Shota Sometani giving the spot on, and often eccentric, performances they do. – See more at: http://jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/review-liar-and-broken-girl.html#sthash.IYAgJfJk.dpuf
his complex film wouldn’t work at all if it wasn’t for Aya Omasa and Shota Sometani giving the spot on, and often eccentric, performances they do. – See more at: http://jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/review-liar-and-broken-girl.html#sthash.IYAgJfJk.dpuf

3.5_out_of_5_stars

The countdown continues ….

#4 A Liar and Broken Girl
#5 Pandora's Box 
#6 Yuriko's Aroma 
#7 The Intermission
#8 Strawberry Night and Lesson of the Evil
#9 Tokyo Koen
#10 Love Sickness 
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