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168 Ratings

As the Gods Will

Kamisama no iu tôri

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2014
Horror, Thriller


A group of high school students are forced to play a game of death without knowing who, why or how.

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As the Gods Will Directed by Takashi Miike

Critics reviews

The film’s absurdity and comic violence is rooted in the same absurdist violence as “Battle Royale,” and locked into the same insecurities regarding youth.
July 19, 2016
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Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will hit all the desired notes of exuberant excess. Opening with a sequence that makes Scanners’ head explosions look like mere child’s play, it seemed impossible that Miike could sustain that level of gore and glee. Of course, he does, enlisting the help of a massive snowboarding polar bear and malevolent talking matryoshka dolls. Lacking any kind of subtly—the film is a take on millennial boredom and violence in the media—it is above all a pulpy, enjoyable ride.
January 30, 2015
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This slaphappy action-adventure plays like a video gamer’s Battle Royale or Hunger Games – if the latter were made by someone who consumed large quantities of speed before guzzling an entire tank of laughing gas. That pretty much sums up the tone of this initially jarring and ultimately exhausting affair.
October 18, 2014
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