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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aman
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
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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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Modo de Sobrevivência 5  »

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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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I Will Survive
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Performed by Cake
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Incredible, original, and daring
3 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure how to even begin a critique of this film. The best analogy that I can think of is a bit like the first time I ever went into a sushi bar. - It wasn't just that the food that I ate was completely different to a palate more used to hamburgers or fish & chips, but that the rules were different too. Instead of having a waitress write down the order, I picked out colourful dishes off a conveyor belt, and ate some wonderfully exotic food. All of this wrapped up in a culture that was decidedly Japanese....and I loved it!!

Exactly the same is true of Survive Style 5. It was completely different from the usual movies I watch, the rules were broken, the experience was extremely colourful, wonderfully exotic, it was decidedly Japanese...and I loved it too!!

The film focuses on several story lines, from the fairly tame (the sexual confusion of a group of young friends), to the surreal (the murdered wife who keeps returning to beat up her husband in ever more bizarre ways), to the absurd (the man stuck in a trance thinking he's a bird after the hypnotist is killed)...and beyond.

The first thing that struck me was the brightness & colour of the film. The words 'kitsch' do not do the sets justice, with big pink fluffy 'Hello Kitty' cuteness or neon manga-esquire style. The movie is not drab in the slightest! Also the film wears its 'Japaneseness' on its sleeve, which is further highlighted by the inclusion of the very un-Japanese Vinnie Jones (playing a hit-man who asks the question "What is your purpose in life?" indiscriminately to air stewardesses and pieces of broccoli).

Amongst all this mish-mash of colour, lunacy, absurdity, and surrealism lies a a big heart. While almost completely disparate in some places, the movie ends in a surprisingly satisfying manner (In fact, it's one of the best endings I could imagine for a movie so off-the-wall).

Maybe the film won't be to everybody's taste, especially those who really do not want to try something different, but what can I say? I like to try something new once in a while, and if you're like me, this might be a tasty plate of Futomaki for you!


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