Thursday, November 13, 2008

Survive Style 5+

Japan 2004

A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkably inane idea after another; a Brittish hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways

What a great movie! I could not even begin to break this film down in any way specifically because it is so genre defiant and all over the place.
With what seems to be a lot of randomness held together with interconnecting
subplots there is a quirky substance laid out nicely that really delivers the laughs
and entertainment. Definitely a black comedy to the extent of blood spurts and over the top, postmortem theatrics. Multiple perverted innuendos and some beautifully shot angles. There is a great amount of attention to detail involving exterior, interior, urban, suburban and rural scenery with contrasting colors of perpetual eye candy.
Not as a whole completely frivolous story telling. Genuine tragic does strike at the film's climax resulting in a surprising relation to the characters. A really great movie. If you like Katsuhito Ishii, you'll ADORE this.

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