Charisma (カリスマ, Karisuma) is a 1999 film directed by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The film is about a dispute between a number of people about a unique but possibly toxic tree growing in an un-named forest.
The film is largely seen from the point-of-view of Goro Yabuike (Koji Yakusho), a police negotiator who has been relieved of his duties following his failure to prevent the death of an important hostage. His stands in the middle of the conflicting opinions about the future of the tree, and has to decide which course to commit himself to.
The film has been interpreted by some as an allegorical tale about the structure of Japanese society, and the tension between the importance of individuality on the one hand, and the importance of the group on the other. It is also possible to discern an ecological message.
Other cast members include Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (Kiriyama, who wants to protect the tree), Ren Osugi (Nakasone), Yoriko Douguchi (Chizuru Jinbo), Jun Fubuki (Mitsuko Jinbo,...