I thought this film would be a monster body horror film like Tetsuo but it wasn't. Although there is still horror, the drama is still thicker in this film. But I could say that the drama and horror genres were merged into one because the scenes that could be considered horror still didn't stay away from drama and didn't make the film scary.
Apart from the film that didn't meet my initial expectations, it turned out to be one of my best film viewing experiences this year. It was like found a gem. Truly a typical film I love, a drama full of emotions that could bring tears to my eyes and I'll explain later below.
What is certain is that this film feels realistic and relatable, at the beginning when Masako bit her tongue, the reactions from her father and mother really matched what parents would do in the real world.
Maybe the horror in this film tends to be more psychological, like the moment when the film starts to get into the 2nd act, Masako doesn't recover and is getting longer in the hospital, moreover, we will often be shown the moment when Masako had convulsions and as time went by; like her parents, I also getting tired and her parents psychologically began to slowly disturbed.
With the longer Masako was treated, making the hope to see her recover becoming more and more blurry, to the point that Masako's parents cried because they were mentally tired, but I was touched, they were good parents and still chose to keep taking care of Masako, standing by her side, guarding the shrinking hope.
And when the film began to reach its ending without realizing it, my tears flowed because I was touched and satisfied with the result of Masako's parents' patience in facing the tragedy that befell them.
Overall, this a masterpiece." - Some Dude On Letterboxd