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Yoshinori Okada ...
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Kana Mitsukoshi
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Seven characters, introduced at the start of the film, get thrown together into the same hotel room: a thief who's stolen a suitcase of money from the mob, his ex-girlfriend, her obsessive boyfriend, the mob soldier sent to retrieve the briefcase, another mobster sent to kill them, master voyeur Captain Banana and his new apprentice, The Mister Yellow. Who will end up with the money? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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18 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting a livelier affair than this after watching Sharkskin Man, but that didn't stop me enjoying it. The dialogue in the hotel reception, the fabulous peep suite, and the pivotal travel agency, eclipsed the rather predictable goings on in the hotel room itself. Not much happens, but the finer parts of the script, and the absurdity inherent in Captain Banana's dual existence as yakuza boss and superheroic peeper kept me interested. Nowhere near as satisfying as Sharskin Man and Peach Hip Girl, although the anime title sequence is probably worth the price of admission on its own. How long before my rental store has a copy of Trava?

Katsuhito Ishii has his own unique style with live action movies. Unique enough to interest me in seeing his third and fourth films. I can understand why some people think it's all style and no substance, but I'm old enough to remember people saying the same thing about Clockwork Orange and Diva when they were first released. This is a conversational film with a lazy feel about it, but that doesn't prevent it from being amusing, or looking good in a nonchalant absurdist fashion. All ten of the featured actors seem to be enjoying themselves immensely, and the final scene, interwoven with the credits, is sublimely funny. Maybe Ishii's habit of mixing the credits into the finale is his way of making sure that everyone involved actually gets some recognition for their efforts.

Here's hoping that one of the more progressive European distributors will eventually realise that there's a wider audience for Ishii's work outside Japan.


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