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Tales of the Unusual (2000)

Yonimo kimyô na monogatari - Eiga no tokubetsu hen (original title)
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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27 October 2001 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Short summary: A group of people get stuck in a railway station because of a sudden rainstorm. One young man tries to make time pass by telling a ghost story to the others. When he can't remember the ending, an older man cuts in with a different story that's connected to the first. The rest of the movie intercuts this first setting in the station with the stories this man tells, all very very different. The first is a regular ghost story about a group of people getting stuck in a small cabin in the middle of a blizzard due to a plane crash. The second is a rather humorous piece about a samurai who finds a cellular phone. The third is a thriller about Chess (I know how it sounds, but it's really very good) and the last one is a sort of hi-tech love story.

I really really enjoyed this movie. All the stories are very different, yet they all seem to have the same type of mood in a way. The first story, the ghost story, was really effective in creating a very scary environment. I usually don't get very affected by this sort of thing, but this part felt very disturbing, a mark of very good horror craftsmanship. The third story, the Chess one, is my favourite. The one movie I can really compare this to is The Game, it has the same feeling of not knowing what is real and what's not. The 'Samurai Cellular' and 'Marriage Simulator' are pretty good, but not of the same quality as the other two stories.

Overall, this movie was a very pleasant surprise for me. I really hope that it'll be released on DVD with english subs soon.


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