A great example of contemporary Japanese cinema, Harmful Insect is a severely devastating tale of a 7th grade girl, portrayed brilliantly by Aoi Miyazaki. The movie, in spite of being not too violent, is a really intense and bleak piece of the kid's life, encompassing her external world and internal angst. There are a few excellent sequences, one of them a classroom one, where Aoi shows her anger without speaking a word. The soundtrack is really awesome, with the exploding Japanese rock and mellow piano compositions. The movie jolts you into attention and reminds you of it's atmospheric intensity by using a few jarring external noise, which was awesome. The pace is good, but towards the end, as the movie terminates into a horribly upsetting conclusion (atmospheric, again), it gets hard to come to terms with. Really good direction and a great dystopian coming of age movie.