Koji Yakusho stars in “The World of Kanako.”

Matt Shiverdecker – Special to the American-Statesman

Even though this aggressive revenge tale from Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima (“Kamikaze Girls”) is bookended by scenes set on Christmas Eve, it’s far from traditional holiday viewing.

Akihiro (Kôji Yakusho, “13 Assassins”) is a former police detective who now makes his living as a store security guard. His ex-wife contacts him after his estranged daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu) goes missing. After starting to get to the bottom of her disappearance, he slowly begins to peel back the twisted layers of her life.

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