Following an unsuccessful hostage negotiation, a police officer (Koji
Yakusho) quits his job and finds himself in the middle of a forest, caught between a strange group fighting over a toxic tree that is threatening to kill off the surrounding vegetation. Could the fate of the world and the survival of the human race depend on this mysterious tree?
A lesser-known film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Tokyo Sonata), Charisma is a fantastic eco-thriller and a surreal meditation on the natural order of things. Essential viewing!