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Today’s viewers may have grown desensitized to screen violence and CGI spectacle, but there’s still something bracing about seeing an actor go beyond the call of duty for a role.

Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Ride or Die,” which will be released worldwide on Netflix this month, is likely to get people talking in a way that few of the streaming giant’s Japanese originals have managed so far. The film is a torrid, emotionally bruising tale of sexuality, class, domestic abuse and murder, featuring a pair of extraordinarily committed performances by its stars, Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Sato.

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