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Ken Mitsuishi
Kôichi Hayashi
Maki Onda
Fujiko Yamamoto
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Tsutomu Tôdô
Gannosuke Yamamoto
Noriyuki Shimamura
Osamu Koike
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Agreeing to move out of his old apartment early to help out others, Ichiro shows up unexpectedly to move into his new place on Christmas Eve, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. As he starts to unpack, he is beset upon by a series of salesmen at his door and as a result he is already not in the mood to make concessions when two strangely dressed and mannered visitors, Nana and Mel, arrive and insist that he and his possessions are in the way of their plans to hold a Christmas party they cannot re-schedule. In the ensuing see-saw battle over possession of the premises, the pair seems to have some unfair advantages. For instance, Ichiro finds it frustrating that only he seems to be able to see the odd pair. Whether or not Ghost Soup can be made and served hangs in the balance. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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You will live a long life
25 December 2004 | by (Kansas) – See all my reviews

Director: Iwai Shunji Duration: 58 minutes

During the past week I have watched three Iwai Shunji films: _Undo_, _Picnic_, and _Ghost Soup_. _Undo_ depicted the mental decay of a woman who feared change. _Picnic_ depicted the lives of three mental patients whose personal demons prevented them from being part of "normal" society. Then there is _Ghost Soup_ which is a bit harder to sum up in a short sentence.

_Ghost Soup_ is Iwai Shunji's first film. A made for television production starring a 17 year old Suzuki Ranran, and the American actor David Spector. After having viewed some of Iwai's more serious works such as _All About Lily Chou Chou_, _Ghost Soup_ can make the viewer flinch a bit because some of the dialog is a bit corny. however, as the film progresses it does get better and some parts are actually quite touching.

The story follows the struggle of Suzuki Ichiro, yea I know, who has had to move into his new apartment early on Christmas Eve. He is quite put out by the numerous individuals who come to his door asking to do things such as subscribing to the newspaper and joining a church. However, most annoying individuals are Nana, Suzuki Ranran, and Mal, David Spector, who are determined to throw a Christmas party inside of Ichiro's apartment. However, Ichiro does not want said events to occur, so Nana and Mal plot on how to remove him. Which results in Mal trapping Ichiro in a sack and dumping him far away from his apartment. Ichiro's trip back to his home is one one of the best parts of the film. He reflects on Nana and Mal and realizes that he is the only one who can see them and also he visits some locations which are some how related to his two guests.

I don't want to write too much on this film, because it is quite simple. This is definitely not a must see, but those who want to view Iwai's early stuff, go for it!


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