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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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Interesting mix in whats possibly one of the best short film anthologies ever
27 May 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Seven films by seven film makers with a great animated opening. This is the reason that I love the movies.

Ranging from comedy to romance to scifi to drama to a few things in between, Jam Films is the rare bird of an anthology that doesn't have a really bad film among the group (a near impossibility when you have several directors combining talents). All the films run under 15 minutes and all leave you wanting to see whats coming next. The worst that could be said is that a couple run a minute or two too long, but thats not fatal.

The two stories that come off the least are: Kendama, a tale of a toy and onions, is the weakest over all since it didn't go anywhere (though it was enjoyable not traveling); and Justice, which is a very well made story about a an English class in Japan, who's full "meaning" was lost on these western eyes.

The other five are wonderful. Cold Sleep is a scifi story about a man waking up after 20 years in hibernation; Hijiki is a jet black comedy (The director calls it depressing in an on screen warning) about a hostage taker who finds out that life sucks for everyone; Pandora-The Hong Kong Leg, an erotic tale of a secret and secret medicine; the Messenger which is about a strange woman's message for a gangster; and lastly Arita about this small cartoon figures that show up everywhere in a girls life.

I can't really tell you more about the films since they are so short revealing more would put me in the danger of telling you too much.

I can tell you to see this film since it s great introduction to the work of seven talented directors. I've seen the works of several of them and was always impressed. Thanks to Jam Films I'm going to be searching out the work of the directors I don't know, and I'm going to find Jam Films 2, a sequel anthology.

Wow 9 out of 10. (For a few trivial flaws)


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