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Opening Date
04 Aug 2016
120 mins
Japanese with English & Chinese subtitles
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Yuichiro Hirakawa
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kasumi Arimura, Tsubasa Nakagawa, Rio Suzuki, Yuriko Ishida, Tetta Sugimoto, Mitsuhiro Oikawa
The highly anticipated live action adaptation based on bestselling award-winning manga and anime, Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi.
Satoru Fujinuma (Tatsuya Fujiwara藤原竜也), a struggling manga artist and part-time pizza delivery man, experiences a strange phenomenon “Revival”. When he is about come to harm, he finds himself sent back several minutes in time before the fateful incident actually occurs.
A few days later, Satoru's mother, who witnessed an attempted abduction, is murdered. The police suspects Satoru, but he experiences “Revival” again when he is about to get arrested. This time, he is brought back to his childhood 18 years ago—days before the abduction-murder case of his classmate Kayo Hinazuki. A 29-year-old trapped in a 10-year-old’s body, Satoru is convinced that the two murders are linked to the same perpetrator, and begins his investigation. With his inexplicable ability, he again travels back and forth between present and past, gathering clues each time. Will Satoru be able to stop the murders and save the people he loves?
By Yian Lu  30 Jul 2016
Erased is by far the better live-action adaptation. It is complete on its own and does not lose plot and character development. Highly recommended for those who want to go on a time travelling ride into the world of science fiction!
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Having not watched the anime nor read the manga, this live-action adaptation is surprisingly quite worth the watch! It did not give the lingering idea that the original work might be better, unlike other live-action adaptations, be they from manga or young adult novels.

This science-fiction mystery thriller centers on Satoru Fujinuma, who has the involuntary ability to rewind time. This strange phenomenon named Revival allows him to go back several minutes in time to prevent incidents from happening, and eventually altering the course of the future. Each time it happens, Satoru has to figure out what is the cause, where has gone wrong, what he is supposed to do. If he fails, he will be sent back again until the incident is corrected. The conflict arises when his mother, who with keen eyes and sharp intuition, prevented a kidnapping case. She was stabbed in Satoru’s apartment, leading the police to suspect him. With Revival, Satoru is brought 18 years back to his childhood, to prevent an abduction-murder case, which is thought to be linked to his mother’s murder.

The Good
Time travelling theme can be tricky to deal with in films, but Erased is able to avoid the temporal paradox. This is significant as it removes any unnecessary confusion for the audience as the time jumps back and forth. Notably, this is achieved from the fact that Satoru himself does not go back in time; his consciousness does.

With a well-played time travelling plot, the movie has earned itself merits in intriguing the audience. The objective is kept simple, to go back in time, prevent little incidents from happening, see the future change. It is in essence, the butterfly effect, which makes one wonder no matter how small a thing we do now, it can affect the future rather drastically. One thing to bring home is the iconic one-liner that is repeated throughout the movie: I believe that if I voice out my dreams, they will come true.

The (Not That) Bad
With Tatsuya Fujiwara playing the role of Satoru, many locals will find him familiar as Light in Death Note, or Kaiji in the same-name movie. Even though Fujiwara is widely acknowledged for his acting abilities, it may still seem difficult to pull away from seeing Light’s shadow in his portrayal of Satoru. Look out for scenes where Satoru is devastated or half crying half pleading and you will understand.

Running at 120 minutes, the mystery unfolds with quality storytelling and necessary details. The bulk of the film focuses on solving the first abduction-murder — three children are involved in this serial kidnapping case. It was immersive and compelling to see Satoru, in his child form, trying his best to thwart the kidnapper’s plan. When this first incident is solved, it still does not result in significant changes to the future, leading the audience to dread that Satoru may need to repeat the same tedious effort to save all the children. Thankfully, the plot did not go in that direction.

And The Summary
Erased is by far the better live-action adaptation. It is complete on its own and does not lose plot and character development. Highly recommended for those who want to go on a time travelling ride into the world of science fiction!
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