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

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

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I Will Survive
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poorly intertwined but you shouldn't care!
12 April 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

There are 5 stories that somehow connect but not really intertwine (this is the deceptive part), however, I liked all of them, the movie puts a especial emphasis in bizarreness, but it doesn't go too far.

Wife and Husband- This is in fact the fantastic part of the movie, the silentness of the wife is the main tool for getting you into that sweet vacillation of whether things are real or not, but there are lot more, as the costumes she wears every time (Which reminds me to a movie knows as "héroe" by this latitudes) and the phase-shifts. Here we also have the sweet dose of violence.

Killers - I got pretty surprised when I ran into "Big Chris"! The contrast between Jones and the translator was way bizarre. There's not much going on here, since both of them are like a lone functional character.

Birdman- The "strange" vector of the film, yet the cutest, Keiichi's perspective keeps the frankness of children accurately. I LOVED the teacher scene.

Yoko the Creative- Oh god, Yoko's ideas for commercials are so unfunny they become funny, and Yoko is funny herself. Really laugh with the way she laughs and with the wild winking when she's having her "afflati". Here I may mark two characters I would had LOVED to see a little bit more of = The café girls. The accident girl was so funnily pathetic, and that were really strengthened by the uncaring friend. I wonder what would have happened to her if she'd got a third scene!!

The Housebreakers = And again we find a bizarre contrast, this time between the "ugly" and the "sexy" burglars. This story takes little of the film's length and it is also the most disconnected one, but adds a funky "sexuality" note.

And to finish, I liked the music.


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