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Funny, funny, funny movie! "Kisaragi" is a hilarious comedy about a
1-year anniversary memorial party for a deceased D-list idol Kisaragi,
attended by five men from an online message board. The idol is said to
have commit suicide, but one of the attendees suspect someone in this
group is the murderer, and finger pointing begins!
The entire movie consists of arguments between these five men in the same room, with couple of imaginary reenactments scenes. It almost feels like watching a stage play. I don't want to spoil, but this movie has one twist followed by another, and the ending is pretty deep, though there was an Otaku-dance that was really stupid. What surprises me most though, is that the scriptwriter actually came up with a story as unique as this one. The setting for this movie is so crazy, and so are the characters, yet completely feasible in real life and their arguments are constructive. The characters' gradual developments were really entertaining for me, and their love toward this D-list idol was beautiful. All five actors played their parts flawlessly.
This movie does feel like a tribute to '12 Angry Men' (1957) at first with the entire story set in a room, and the men trying to solve a case using logical deduction with limited evidence, and coming up with a conclusion that cannot be verified. However, this movie is completely different in that every single character is somehow involved with the person in question, and provides new evidence that completely changes the whole picture.
This is an unique movie that really delivered. This film explores the power of the human imagination, ambitions, and desires. The story was so well-organized and gives us a conclusion that makes perfect sense with the information given. I hope to see another surprising movie like this in the future.
This is a pretty good Japanese comedy although it doesn't put much
emphasis on the humor aspect. For those that understand Japanese humor
will be right at home with this one and chuckle or even laugh few times
through this movie. Some Japanese people are known for really liking
their idols and even collect a lot of the idols products and visit
their idols fan sites a lot. But in this case the plot shows 5 fans
with different personalities of a idol named Kisaragi Miki getting
together for a memorial meeting. After the suicide of their idol a year
later and most of this film takes place in a room with imaginations
floating around suck as speculations if their idol really committed
suicide and such for the 5 characters in the room. This movie wouldn't
have been all that good, but the way it's set up makes the film
entertaining to watch and because it's crafted very well. Despite the
characters hardly having any proof with their conclusions, it was
interesting to watch the pieces connect in a strange and yet in a way
where it grabs the attention. And how those ideas fit the characters
personality. This movie starts off a bit slow with the introduction of
the characters and their personality. But when it the entertaining and
intriguing parts kick in, it's that way most of the way through. I also
found it funny how the 5 characters are all dressed in suits most of
the way through and it slightly reminded me of "Reservoir Dogs" because
of the way they act amongst each other, well sort of. Overall despite
not having a lot of set pieces most of the way through or a lot of
stuff going on, this is still a intriguing movie for the most
part...Especially the way it reveals the characters ideas bit by bit
and as the story unfolds.
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