The themes this movie deals with are highly controversial and I believe that is why many people don't enjoy this film. I however, really loved Erika's acting and I think her portrayal seems so genuine and real that I found no difficulty sympathizing with the character Lillico. In 1 Liter of Tears she played a sweet, strong, optimistic girl battling a terminal disease. I've watched it twice so far and the only reason it hasn't been more is because I have other commitments. Before I watched it, I read many reviews and many say that Erika Lillico lacks depth of character and are critical of her performance.
In Helter Skelter she plays an adored celebrity who behind the scenes is lost in a very dark place. If something bad is going to happen, you can tell by the music. Meanwhile, an inspector investigating a series of mysterious suicides and organ theft believes that Liliko and her unnatural beauty may be the key to unearthing an underground industry of unsafe medical practice and save lives. . And let me say one thing, tortured people torture people. However, soon, her body, unable to withstand the burdens of surgery, begins to crumble, and along with it so does her mind, as she plummets towards a frightening and inevitable end. You can tell they put a ton of effort into every set.
Apart from Erika, I was really impressed with the whole cast and I might add that I was especially happy that Go Ayano was in this film. I can't get over how aesthetically pleasing the film is. I love how visually spectacular every scene is. No, this isn't your run of the mill cutsie story, but it is a mature, edgy, dark piece of art. Most of us know how amazing she was in 1 Liter of Tears, and she is no less amazing here even though the roles are worlds apart. Seriously do not watch it if you are not mature enough to appreciate their importance to the plot development.
Before I get too far into the review, it is really important to note that there are a significant amount of sex scenes in this movie. There is only one piece of music I thought was inappropriately placed but I won't mention anything as it will spoil the movie. There's a lot that can be learned from this film. And I should warn you that this film is for mature audiences only. Liliko, a supermodel who underwent full body plastic surgery to attain the perfect body and face and to reach the peak of her career.
And Erika's acting was exceptional! Maybe you might have a different opinion to me but you'll never know if you don't give it a chance. I can honestly not fault any aspect of this movie. Through round after round of extensive plastic surgery and vigorous maintenance, Ririko has become the absolute manifestation of beauty, and becomes a wildly successful model, actress, and singer. Seriously, be prepared for some mature scenes. This film shows the extreme end of overdose on the drug called fame. However, her body begins to break down as an effect of the treatments and she grows desperate and unhinged, lashing out at first to her manager and agency and later to the public as she realizes that her current lifestyle cannot last long. One reason why I've never envied celebrities too much.
But all in all, it's a 10! Rewatch Value 10 I actually have tumblr to thank for my discovery of this movie. The music is such a great indicator in Helter Skelter. . . .
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