Vital (2004, JAP) C-86m. *** D: Shinya Tsukamoto. Starring Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki, Kazuyoshi Kushida, Lily, Jun Kunimura. Low-key but telling examination of love and mourning about medical student Asano, who suffers from amnesia after an accident which killed his girlfriend. Then, as he takes up his studies again, he realizes it's her body he's studying in the university's anatomy course! Not a horror film, nor a mystery, this psycho drama is not for all tastes but it's strikingly directed and shot (by the director of the TETSUO films and the incredible TOKYO FIST).

© Ron Altman