Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cha no aji (2004)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life.

Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Stars: Maya Banno, Takahiro Satô, Tadanobu Asano
Mystery | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ittoku Kishibe, Sie Kohinata
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Four short comedy films from four different directors, all of which feature eccentric characters

Directors: Yosuke Fujita, Masaya Kakehi, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Tenkyû Fukuda, Keisuke Horibe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother.

Directors: Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Andrew Alfieri, Hideaki Anno, Moyoco Anno
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Andô
Party 7 (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Seven characters, introduced at the start of the film, get thrown together into the same hotel room: a thief who's stolen a suitcase of money from the mob, his ex-girlfriend, her obsessive ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Keisuke Horibe, Yoshinori Okada
Tenten (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words, he isn't going anywhere fast. Were all this not enough, the sorry sad ... See full summary »

Director: Satoshi Miki
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Tomokazu Miura, Kyôko Koizumi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Uchida
Stars: Yasuhi Nakamura, Reika Kirishima, Sô Yamanaka
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike
Shinboru (2009)
Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda
Hazard (2005)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Faced by a society of criminals, these three youths avenge their rights.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Jai West, Motoki Fukami
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Aman
Reika Hashimoto ...
Mimi - Ishigaki's wife
...
Yoko, Commercial Executive
...
Aoyama, the Hypnotist
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Tatsuya Kobayashi
Yumi Asô ...
Misa, Kobayashi's wife
Kanji Tsuda ...
Tsuda - Burglar
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Morishita - Burglar
...
J - Burglar
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...
Katagiri - Interpreter
...
Hired Killer
...
Kazama - Advertising Company President (as Sonny Chiba)
Shihori Kanjiya ...
Kaho Kobayashi
Tomokazu Miura ...
Doctor Yamauchi
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Seiichi Kobayashi
Edit

Storyline

A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Modo de Sobrevivência 5  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Aman's wife: [mouthed out] Bye-Bye.
See more »

Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren
Performed by Cake
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Absurdity -- Neo-Tokyo Style
27 April 2006 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Some people out there may imagine the Japanese of Tokyo to be stoic and colorless like Vulcans. To some extent, that is how they really are. The buildings are gray, and if it's overcast, everything kind of blends together into a formalized drone. There is more paperwork added each day, another speech to sleep through, and the shuffle begins anew. Add the business formalities, and society can get very stiff over there.

That is one side of Japan.

SURVIVE STYLE 5 is the other side. Somewhere buried beneath the hard samurai exterior, the Japanese are the silliest, flashiest people on the face of the earth. Just watch the game shows on TV to see what I mean. It takes the slightest spark to transform a crowd of adults into a crowd of Pokemon monsters. Add this side of Japan, and every conversation at the workplace has a Comic Book BANG! POW! and HORRA!

The movie features five story lines (1) A hip to be square family of four (2) A girl that won't stay buried (3) An assassin on a hit job (4) A hypnotist (5) A traveling band of fools in a van. Here's a puzzle for you -- what is the common element that connects these 5 story lines? Beats me. Maybe it's the STYLE.

SURVIVE STYLE 5 is like a multi-colored salad falling to the kitchen floor in slow motion. Everyone stands agape as the orange leaves scatter like purple rain. Most memorable are the vivid colors and extreme silliness. Take for example the absurd scene where a typical nuclear family is rocking out in the car on their way to a hypnosis show. All four are bobbing their heads to punk rock and shouting American profanities in unison.

A cohesive story would have propelled this movie into greatness. But because it's so scatterbrained, it can safely be filed in the "two-hour music video" drawer. You might want to display it at the entrance to your home on special occasions -- like an Andy Warhol photograph. It can serve as a reminder of how absurd the world can get. "Yes, the world did have a story to tell once upon a time. It made absolutely no sense, but it had such a beautiful Christmas Tree!"

If SURVIVE STYLE 5 is your cup of tea, I recommend Taste of Tea, released in 2004 starring Tadanobu Asano.

JY

Jimboduck-dot-com


27 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?