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Jam Films (2002)

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"The Messenger" is a mysterious woman who appears to a mobster hiding underground to tell him about his ultimate fate. A bag with a "Kendama" ball and string toy gets mixed up with a bag of... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Natsuko Akiyama ...
(segment "Hijiki")
Hirofumi Arai ...
(segment "Justice")
Haruka Ayase ...
(segment "Justice")
Ryôko Hirosue ...
(segment "Arita")
Satomi Ishihara
Kazuki Kitamura ...
(segment "The Messenger - Requiem for the Dead")
Hitomi Kurihara ...
(segment "Justice")
Akaji Maro ...
(segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Akifumi Miura ...
(segment "Justice")
Takao Ohsawa ...
(segment "Cold Sleep")
Samuel Pop ...
(segment "Cold Sleep")
Tak Sakaguchi ...
(segment "The Messenger - Requiem for the Dead")
Kuranosuke Sasaki ...
(segment "Hijiki")
Ryôko Shinohara ...
(segment "Kendama")
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"The Messenger" is a mysterious woman who appears to a mobster hiding underground to tell him about his ultimate fate. A bag with a "Kendama" ball and string toy gets mixed up with a bag of onions, and leads a couple to ponder their relationship. Fujio awakes from "Cold Sleep" to find he has crashed on an unfamiliar planet with some crazy people and an attractive "new Eve." Mayuko, has an itch she keeps secret before she is introduced to a mysterious yet strangely satisfying cure (Pandora - Hong Kong Leg). A man finds himself surrounded by the police and holds some women hostage as they eat "Hijiki" (edible seaweed) and advise him about what to do. In a class studying the Potsdam Declaration, some high school students find their minds elsewhere. Tojo is keeping a tally of the "snapping" of the tight shorts worn by the girls jumping hurdles outside the window according to color. Will he find ultimate "Justice." Ever since she can remember, "Arita" has appeared somewhere on every ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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A refreshing medley
26 December 2006 | by (Waterloo, Canada) – See all my reviews

From the perspective of a foreign viewer, these Japanese short films are quite refreshing in the topic and also in the presentation.

I like "Justice" the most. I really re-entered the classroom, and put myself into the exciting game of violating our scholarly duties in classes yet trying not to be caught. There is an awesome sense of humor and a feeling of playfulness that's authentic and unfabricated. For those unfamiliar with the buruma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulma) -- the habit delineated is very real. This is where 9 out of 10 can be given.

Arita and Pandora come next. The former is concerned with the feeling of lost and confusion in growing up, and the latter is depicting a strangely erotic yearning. These are familiar topics, but the presentations are simple and affecting.

The others four are more "commonplace" but still quite nice to see. An average of 7 out of 10 can be given.


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