Early in his career Akihiko Shiota became known for films about young people that ventured into extremes, from the social margins to sexual aberrations. This culminated with “Harmful Insect,” a 2001 film starring Aoi Miyazaki as a seventh grader with an absent father and suicidal mother, who becomes an outcast when rumors circulate that she has had a romantic relationship with a male teacher. The film won a shelf of prizes and launched Miyazaki to stardom.
Two decades later, Shiota once again depicts a girl growing up too fast, too soon in “The World of You.” Based on his original script, the film is similar to “Harmful Insect” in laying on the catastrophes with a heavy hand while refraining from tear-jerking bathos.
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