Himura's real name is Halle Lidner, and similar to Lidner, she works with both Near and Mello to help stop Kira.
Violence, family hatred and the poisonous legacy of racism come to play in "Monster's Ball," a dark and beautifully directed melodrama about the strange intersection of racism and emotional need.
In the one-shot chapter set three years after Light's death, it is revealed that she continues to work for Near.
The character Shoko Himura is an amalgamation of several characters including Halle Lidner, Naomi Misora, and Mello.
No actor should be criticized for his or her beauty or lack thereof, but Berry is such a glamorous woman, with such a sensational body, that it's tough to buy her as a bitter, working-class sludge on the verge of eviction.
Stripping off her makeup helps, but the movie works against its own purposes by flattering Berry's face with good lighting and dressing her in tight outfits that emphasize her curves.
What is Berry thinking, for example, when her new lover, the son of a virulent racist and hardly color-blind himself, pledges his love to her?
Why is Thornton able in one minute to practically spit on a loved one's graveand then seem like the sweetest redneck on earth?
In two striking performances, Billy Bob Thornton plays Hank, a white death row prison guard in a rural Georgia penitentiary, and Halle Berry is Leticia, the African American woman with whom he falls in love after participating in her husband's execution.
It's a potboiler, but a potboiler with class -- told in hushed tones with minimal dialogue, understated music and long stretches of silence when the camera regards our tortured protagonists and allows their faces to do the explaining.
Halle Lidner is a former Secret Service and CIA agent who works for Near as part of the SPK, and is the only female member of the organization.
She joined the SPK to avenge a close acquaintance who was killed by Kyosuke Higuchi at the time when he acted as Kira.
"Monster's Ball" is in no rush to answer those questions.