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As the Gods Will

A cohort of high school students finds themselves compelled to partake in a deadly game, unaware of the identities behind it, the motives driving it, or the means by which it operates.

As the Gods Will

Details of 'As the Gods Will'

2014
Japan
117 minutes
2.35 : 1

About 'As the Gods Will'

“As the Gods Will” is a 2014 Japanese horror film dir­ected by Takashi Miike. The film is based on the manga of the same name by Mun­eyuki Kane­shiro and Akeji Fujimura and tells a story full of unpre­dict­able events and crazy ideas.

The plot of the film revolves around Shun Taka­hata, an average high school stu­dent who sud­denly finds him­self in a deadly game. A mys­ter­ious doll called “Daruma-san” appears at his school and asks the stu­dents to par­ti­cipate in a series of deadly games. Those who fail or do not react quickly enough are killed in a grue­some manner. In order to sur­vive, the stu­dents must over­come various chal­lenges ran­ging from giant cat heads, exploding octopuses to a deadly toy robot.

The film presents the viewer with a variety of absurd and crazy ideas. One of them is the concept of living toys that are deadly traps and hunt the stu­dents. Among them, for example, is a giant teddy bear that proves to be extremely dan­gerous. Another abstract idea is the rep­res­ent­a­tion of a giant marble-playing deity that chal­lenges the stu­dents. The deity plays the game with a giant game board on which the stu­dents act as tokens and have to fight for their sur­vival. These scenes create a sur­real atmo­sphere and enhance the unpre­dict­able nature of the film.

In addi­tion, the film shows a series of unusual and bloody deaths in which the stu­dents die in various ways. From exploding heads to deadly obstacles in the form of giant puzzles, the cre­ativity of the death scen­arios is remark­able, if dis­turbing.

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