Chicago Film Festival: Liverleaf
Japan Eisuke Naito, director
Phyllis Dreazen | 10/13/2018, 4:01 p.m.
Liverleaf is the flower that blooms to push the winter away. Haruka's family moves from Tokyo to a rural community where her father has a new job. She, the new girl from the big city, is subjected to horrible, unrelenting bullying by the other students. The teacher does nothing. The parents have no idea of their children's capacity for cruelty. Haruka's grandfather comes from Tokyo to take care of things after the horror of a family tragedy. He has no idea of his lovely, inscrutable granddaughter's capacity for rage or revenge. The blood in the snow is like a field of liverleafs: In Japan even horror wears a decorous face. (Based on the manga comic).