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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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A Japanese Twilight Zone-style anthology.
12 October 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A group of travellers, trapped in a railway station waiting room by a torrential downpour, pass the time by listening to a mysterious man who tells four stories of the bizarre and unreal.

His first tale concerns the survivors of a plane crash who, desperate to seek shelter from a raging blizzard, risk their lives to set off on foot for a cabin which, according to a map, is not too far away. They eventually find the deserted shack and settle down for the night, but, as they sleep, someone (or something) kills them one-by-one. Could the ghost of a girl they left to die in the cold be responsible?

In the second story, a cowardly samurai finds a cellular phone, sent to him by a historical researcher from the future who is keen to verify some facts. The samurai learns that he is destined to become an important historical figure, but in order to do so, he must lead a dangerous coup...

Story number three features a chess champion who, after being beaten by a computer, hits skid row. Three years later, he is found by a millionaire who wishes to play the ex-champ in a chess game which, once started, takes a distinctly weird turn...

The final tale follows a couple about to marry, who decide to 'test-run' their future life together via a marriage simulator. Will their lives be wedded bliss or does the simulator show trouble ahead?

This uneven anthology compensates for its sometimes rather weak storytelling with some surprisingly good visuals from the four directors involved (each handles a separate segment). The direction and cinematography are deftly handled; at turns creepy, funny, surreal and heartwarming, the movie may be unexceptional plot-wise, but it is never boring to look at.


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