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Tokyo Eyes

A coquettish, strong-willed teenager (Hinano Yoshikawa in a memorable performance) discovers the identity of a Tokyo serial sniper known as “Four Eyes” (Shinji Takeda), who targets single men, and tries to insinuate herself into his life romantically—a situation complicated by the fact that her older brother is a detective assigned to the case. The French New Wave echoes throughout this Japanese feature, courtesy of director Jean-Pierre Limosin; he resists the easy nihilism and violence inherent in the material, opting instead for a subtle approach in which connections between characters and events are only gradually revealed. The film may never fully attain the emotional resonance it seems to be striving for, but it's still an accomplished and interesting piece of work. 97 min.

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