By Gakuryu ISHII


Science-fiction - Completed 2012

The “Shanidar Flower” blooms only on the bodies of chosen women
In full bloom, it fetches an incredible price
But is it an angel that brings happiness, or a devil that wreaks destruction?
A frighteningly beautiful contemporary fairytale

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Science-fiction, Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Director(s)
    • Gakuryu ISHII
    • Writer(s)
    • Hiroaki JINNO, Gakuryu ISHII, Tomofumi TANAKA
    • Producer(s)
    • Hironobu OSAKI (Dragon Mountain), Keisuke KONISHI (Phantom Film)
    • Synopsis
    • It only occurs with a select few women on whom an extraordinary natural phenomenon occurs: mysterious buds germinate on their skin and then bloom into beautiful flowers the likes no one has ever seen. The constituents extracted from the flowers when at full bloom have curative powers that lead to the discovery of a new miracle drug, propelling drug companies to scour the country for the flower donors, and set up a special facility, “Shanidar Laboratory”, where the producing women are treated like national treasures, receiving six-figure remuneration for cooperating with their research into the “Shanidar flower” It is at this facility where Kyoko (Haru Kuroki) comes to work under the tutelage of researcher Ohtaki (Go Ayano) to care for flower producing women such as Yurie (Ayumi Ito) and Miku (Rio Yamashita). On one occasion, as soon as Kyoko and Ohtaki learn of a new discovery, they visit the home of a flower-producing girl named Haruka (Yuiko Kariya), when to their surprise, she adamantly refuses to enter the facility. Gradually, it is the mysterious charm of Kyoko that wins over Haruka and convinces her to go. Ohtaki begins to harbor an interest in Kyoko who seems to possess a quality not found in most and decides to look into her past. He discovers that all of Kyoko’s family had been killed in a traffic accident with only Kyoko having been miraculously saved. Ohtaki’s feelings toward Kyoko gradually deepen as does her feelings toward the stoic researcher. Meanwhile, abnormal side effects stemming from the flower-removal surgery begin to appear among the providing women, which facility director, Yoshizaki (Kanji Furutachi) initially tries to cover up. But clearly, something is happening to the Shanidar women. Ohtaki and Kyoko surmise that the growth of the flowers has not only a physical, but spiritual, effect on the women, and the harvesting of them may be triggering something dangerously monumental.
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