A messy bachelor's apartment is a paradise for the huge colony of cockroaches living there: no sprays, no traps, and plenty of food. When the homeowner's girlfriend moves in, however, the party comes to an abrupt end, and the roaches must quickly adapt to a life of struggling for survival. Combines animation with live actors. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
So it's come down to this... total war. But you know what? I'm going to survive it. I feel certain about that.
Maybe so. I hope so. Then when it's all over you and I can settle things between us.
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TWILIGHT OF THE COCKROACHES (3 outta 5 stars) Even if you hate the sight of cockroaches this movie shouldn't bother you too much. The film's roaches are actually cute little animated characters in the Japanese style. The humans in the film are live action... never speak... and are terribly unkind to the poor little creatures who just want to be left alone to live in peace. When we are first introduced to them the roaches are living in peace in the apartment of Mr. Saito. His wife and children have left him and he seems to have a bit of a drinking problem so he doesn't have any motivation to clean his filthy apartment and get rid of his tiny guests. This all changes when he gets a new girlfriend from across the way... a woman fanatical in her hatred of the creepy critters. Massive doses of bug spray send the roaches for cover, alluding perhaps to the horror of Hiroshima. It's a pretty good movie... maybe the roach characters could have used a little more depth. The main sub-plot, a love triangle between the cute Naomi and her two boyfriends (one a heroic military man and the other a sensitive artist-type) is well-handled. Even though the movie is mostly animated it might be too adult for the younger kids.
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