One of the signs of aging is that the sort of loud music you loved as a teenager now bores and irritates you, if it doesn’t drive you out of the room entirely. Movies can be the same way: Try as I may to channel my inner 15-year-old in the screening room, I sometimes mentally push the volume control to the left.

My main difficulty with Mika Ninagawa’s “Heruta Sukeruta (Helter Skelter),” though, is not just the over-amping of the eclectic soundtrack. Composer Koji Ueno’s slashing, thrusting avant-garde sounds, in fact, are more interesting (and given the film’s subject and style, more appropriate) than the usual tinkling piano score or saccharine J-pop.

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