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Usually I try to be careful with over hyping a film, or setting the expectations too high, as film geeks all are guilty for, however for Junji Ito's Marronnier, this really is not possible.
This is possibly one of the only perfect films I have ever seen. It is absolutely confident in every way, something which is extremely refreshing, even more so than the Avatar, The Dark Knight and Inception/Matrix franchises. Junji Ito gets some slack for making great to look at but ultimately heartless affairs, which I for one do not agree with, however I do not think anyone can argue that here. The emotional aspect of this film not only ties it all together but is really the centre of this film, it is the focus.
I do not want to over simplify the film, by simply calling it Kubrick doing Bond, or Gondry on a huge budget, because I am sure it will be called that but it is far more than that, it is something I do not think Kubrick could have ever made. It is pure Junji Ito, and pure greatness.
I hate writing something which is pure fan-boy gushing, but its really difficult here. I did not find a thing I did not like about it, I am sure if maybe I saw it a second time, maybe I would find something about it I didn't like, but not the first time. The way it is cut, means that there is always action on screen, if not, then the visuals are interesting enough to keep your eyes glued.
The final hour of the film, is possibly one of the most complicated action sequences put on film. You have to constantly be paying attention to remember all of the layers of what is happening. Without spoiling anything, all I have to say is that is what this film is about, that is what makes this film so great, layers. Once you have seen this you will now what I am talking about.
All of the actors are fantastic too, Anjho is the stand out here. Yes, this is probably due to the fact she is the star and given all of the emotional weight, but she handles it perfectly, similarly to her performance in the Metallic Lunchmeats pop opera. Miwa Igehara, whom I usually hate, gives a great performance here. Ochyazukenori gives a break out performance here, he is quite the bad ass.
I hope audiences are ready for a film like this, a pure auteur driven film which does not sacrifice a single frame for the studio. I would hope this film will change Hollywood, and beyond as it is 100 percent the directors vision yet it is definitely a marketable film, much like District 9, yet I do not think it will.
I cannot recommend this film anymore than I have, I just have to say everyone and anyone should see it. Sorry about all the gushing, it is just so hard not too.
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