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Shigeru Chiba ...
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Yoshikazu Fujiki ...
Itano (voice)
Keishi Hunt ...
Ito (voice)
Mako Hyôdô ...
Costumer (voice)
Shin'ichi Ishihara ...
Kawai (voice)
Tomoko Ishimura ...
Tamiko
Hisayoshi Izaki ...
Kitakubo (voice)
Toshihiko Kameyama ...
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Hiroko Kaneko ...
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Masaya Katô ...
Yamashita (voice)
Kujira ...
Tsuya (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama ...
Tahara (voice)
Eri Mayama ...
Aya (voice)
Zenchû Mitsui ...
Hanta (voice)
Shô Nobushi ...
Unoyama (voice)
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A revered director with an obscure style, Rei Maruwa, has gone missing during the production of his latest animated feature, Talking Head. With the deadline approaching and next to no progress made, the producer calls in a "shadow director" with the ability to mimic any director's style. Arriving at the studio, he begins meeting with the eccentric crew members in order to understand the project, but soon they begin dying in the same order that he met up with them.

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Voice on PA System: This is a routine work-related announcement. After 2:00 p.m. the central elevator may be used for the transportation of dead bodies only.
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Schizophrenic Genius...
19 May 2004 | by (Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is definitely one of the most surreal, anti-literal films I've ever seen. It offers a lot of "brain-food" in the way of cinema history and Mamoru Oshii's opinions about movies in general. The film features a cast of characters (some of which are based on actual people who worked on the film)... which are comically insane exaggerations with legs.

It takes a while to get used to Mamoru Oshii's fantastical style, but you are soon sucked into a world where it doesn't surprise you all *that* much that... well, I don't want to spoil it.

I would definitely recommend this movie to film students, fans of anime, fans of film, fans of Japanese culture, fans of silent movies, fans of noir, fans of suspense, fans of fantasy... Well, let's just say there's something for just about everybody.


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