Cut (2011 film)

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Directed by Amir Naderi
Produced by Eric Nyari
Engin Yenidunya
Regis Arnaud
Written by Amir Naderi
Abou Farman
Shinji Aoyama
Yuichi Tazawa
Starring Hidetoshi Nishijima
Takako Tokiwa
Cinematography Keiji Hashimoto
Edited by Amir Naderi
Tokyo Story
Distributed by Bitters End
Release date
Running time
133 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Cut is a 2011 Japanese drama film directed by Amir Naderi, starring Hidetoshi Nishijima and Takako Tokiwa.



Cut was initially inspired by the director Amir Naderi's relationship with the late John Cassavetes. After he met the actor Hidetoshi Nishijima at the Tokyo Filmex festival in 2002, he decided to adapt the story to Japan.[1]


Neil Young of The Hollywood Reporter described Cut as "Amir Naderi's violent homage to Japanese cinema".[2] Dan Fainaru of Screen International felt that the film is "certainly one of the most significant to come out this year in Venice, both in shape and content."[3] Chris Cabin of Slant Magazine gave the film 2 out of 4 stars. He commented that Shuji might be "the most convincingly pretentious and frustrated cinephile to ever be portrayed on film" and Hidetoshi Nishijima is "admirable in conveying Shuji's caustic misanthropy without making him entirely unlikable."[4] Meanwhile, Ben Umstead of Twitch Film criticized the film, noting that the film's climax is "so cinema-indulgent that it may perhaps only be tolerated by a cinephile that can knowingly take it in with a sense of humor and a great sense of empathy... and a lot in between."[5]

Mark Shilling of The Japan Times gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars. He said: "As stills from some of Naderi's 100 favorites flash on the screen amid the blows and blood, Cut becomes not only a paean to beloved films, but also a rallying cry against the forces of greed and cynicism. The ultra violence, however, threatens to drown out the message. [...] Despite the many shout-outs to Japanese directors in Cut, from Akira Kurosawa to Takeshi Kitano, Naderi is not simply the latest foreigner trying to make a fake 'Japanese movie.' Instead he has made a Naderi movie, using Japanese cinema as an inspiration, while referencing the local culture's traditional love of the self-sacrificial hero."[6]


  1. ^ James Hadfield (17 December 2011). "Amir Naderi: the interview". Time Out Tokyo. Archived from the original on 2013-05-17.
  2. ^ Neil Young (2 September 2011). "Cut: Venice Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Dan Fainaru (2 September 2011). "Cut - Review - Screen". Screen Daily. Screen International.
  4. ^ Chris Cabin (23 April 2012). "Cut - Film Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine.
  5. ^ Ben Umstead (26 April 2012). "Tribeca 2012 Review: Amir Naderi's CUT And The Healing Power of Cinema". Twitch Film.
  6. ^ Mark Schilling (16 December 2011). "'Cut'". The Japan Times.

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Cut on IMDb

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