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Soft images and hard experience

10/10
Author: Kosmopol from Germany
29 November 2004

This film is one of those piece of art, which leaves in consciousness for the whole life. In a strange alienated world there are a hidden "Hotel Venus", harbouring some strange human beings. They are alone, but want to break a distance to each other.

The movie was filmed in Vladivostok, but this is NOT a film about Vladivostok. This is an existential parable. It has soft images, but it affects the subconsciousness with strong emotional power.

The soundtrack is also great, but it has some suspicious similarities with Boris Grebenshchekov (Russian music band "Akvarium"). I hope, this is not a plagiarism, but a variation of his theme.

And, of course, Kusanagi-san is really great. I think, this is one of the best Japanese movies of this year.

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