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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
Ren Ohsugi ...
Yoshiaki Yamauchi (segment "One Snowy Night")
Hiroo Ohtaka
Yukiko Okamoto ...
Kumi Kato (segment "Chess")
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Karu (segment "Samurai Cellular")
Kazuma Suzuki ...
Takuro Yuki (segment "One Snowy Night")
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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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best short film compilation of recent years
14 July 2004 | by (Bonn, Germany) – See all my reviews

I originally saw this movie on a festival when it came out. A year ago, I bought the DVD, and I am glad I did because I do not get fed up with watching it over and over again. The four stories differ a lot, but they are all really good (the last one maybe a little cheesy, but my wife likes that). My favourite is definitely "Samurai Cellular". As a non-Japanese, it was only yesterday that I found out about the story actually being historical (except for the cellular phone, of course). This makes it even more funny. If you are a fan of Twilight Zone or short films in general or like Japanese culture try to see this on DVD! And I really mean "or", because the compilation serves all three interests.


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