Hard Days is a thriller directed by Michihito Fujii starring Junichi Okada, Go Ayano, and Ryoko Hirosue. It’s a remake of the 2014 movie “A Hard Day“.
“Hard Days” is a thriller that has it all: a gripping start, enough plot twists to keep you intrigued, and a satisfying ending.
Moreover, it is well-executed and director Michihito Fujii flawlessly manages the pacing.
However, being a remake of the Korean film, it naturally loses some merit.
Nonetheless, it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a captivating story that will keep you glued to your seat until the end.
In the wake of attempting to conceal an accident, the life of a corrupt police officer takes a turbulent turn as he becomes the target of ominous threats from an unidentified witness.
“Hard Days” has a strong advantage: it has a compelling story that surprises and skillfully plays with narrative twists. The screenplay follows two perspectives, those of the two main detectives, and at no point does the storytelling feel forced or aim for overly obvious effects. The director manages to make the thrilling, gruesome intrigue appear natural and the events portrayed almost plausible.
The director successfully brings realism to a thriller with an implausible yet captivating intrigue (like any good thriller) that never fails to surprise or captivate.
Both lead actors deliver impressive performances, effectively portraying opposing characters in two very distinct ways, both top-notch.
The setting is well-crafted, relying on darkness and a compelling soundtrack.
The editing is unpretentious, without brutal sequences or flashy cuts: the director allows the story to surprise through its content rather than the way it is told, and it is ingeniously effective.
“Hard Days” is a thriller that excels in every aspect except for its one major drawback: it is a remake.
November 30, 2023
Where to Watch “Hard Days”
Original title: 最後まで行く
Duration: 118 min.
Director: Michihito Fujii
Screenwriters: Michihito Fujii, Kenya Hirata, Kim Seong-hoon
Music: Takashi Ohmama
Cinematography: Keisuke Imamura
Companies: Nikkatsu, Robot Communications Inc., Toho, WoWow, Toho
Genre: Thriller. Drama. Action