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Tales of the Unusual (2000)
"Yonimo kimyô na monogatari - Eiga no tokubetsu hen" (original title)

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A four-part anthology in the spirit of The Twilight Zone, this film starts off with a group of commuters stranded at a train station in the rain, listening to stories told by one of the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Kazuyuki Aijima ...
Manabe (segment "One Snowy Night") / Salaryman (segment "The Storyteller")
Izumi Inamori ...
Chiharu Takajo (segment "The Marriage Simulator")
Renji Ishibashi ...
Old Man (segment "Chess")
Takashi Kashiwabara ...
Yuichi Tokunagi (segment "The Marriage Simulator")
Narumi Kayashima ...
(segment "The Marriage Simulator")
Masahiro Kômoto ...
Seiichi Tomoda (segment "Chess")
Ikue Masudo ...
(segment "The Marriage Simulator") (as Saya Takagi)
Akihiko Murata
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(segment "Samurai Cellular")
Hideyuki Nakayama
Hiroo Ohtaka
Yukiko Okamoto ...
Kumi Kato (segment "Chess")
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Karu (segment "Samurai Cellular")
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Takuro Yuki (segment "One Snowy Night")
Shinji Takeda ...
Akira Kato (segment "Chess")
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A four-part anthology in the spirit of The Twilight Zone, this film starts off with a group of commuters stranded at a train station in the rain, listening to stories told by one of the group. These include tales of a group stranded in the mountains and haunted by guilt over a death they inadvertantly caused, an emotionally broken chessmaster pressed into playing a real-life game for an eccentric millionaire, a wandering medieval samurai who finds a modern-day cell phone on the ground and a person on the other end asking questions about the past, and a young couple who agree to try a computer simulation of what their future as husband and wife would be like. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Looks good, needed better stories
6 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

A group huddling from the rain in a railway station listen to a set of weird tales told by a strange man whose identity is never revealed:

Tale 1: Four people trapped in the snow leave an injured fifth to die. (Sort of; the situation is more complicated but amounts to the same thing.) They take refuge in a cabin for the night...but it appears someone else is in there with them.

Tale 2: A royal minister in medieval Japan finds a cell phone and gets a call from a historical researcher of the future wanting to find out if the coup the minister is heading will happen as the history books say. In fact he's a coward who doesn't want to get involved...but the phone call makes him think again.

Tale 3: A chess master is defeated by a supercomputer and is so devastated that he becomes a raving derelict. A millionaire finds him and lures him into a chess game that he says governs the outside world. The chess master sees people dressed in black and white on a giant grid, when a piece is captured a man dies, etc. He's committed to a mental institution...but the visions don't stop.

Tale 4: An engaged couple visit a marriage bureau that gives them a VR preview of what their married life will be like. It's a horror, and they break up...but is that the end or not?

The tales all have interesting but faulty premises, each of which leaves something important unexplained. The first one is the best (also, incidentally, it's the only one that's a horror story, which I'd expected them all to be); the second looks like an episode of Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"; the third is the most interesting but the least credible (and I wonder if the idea was swiped from Cervantes); the fourth is Japanese soap opera (which I happen to like). The actors are good, the production is slick, and to me quite Western-looking, and there are a few wonderful images (e.g. a ghost on a wall, a woman dressed as a chess piece)...but it needed better stories.


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