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Symbol (2009)
"Shinboru" (original title)

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A man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush ... See full summary »

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Hitoshi Matsumoto
David Quintero
Luis Accinelli
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Karen
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Antonio
Ivana Wong
Arkangel De La Muerte
Matcho Panpu ...
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Dick Togo ...
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Salam Diagne
Stuart-O.
Chris Gurundy
Nik Sliwerski
Jonathan Hicks
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A man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Soon the imprisoned man is engaged in absurd and hilarious attempts to escape the gleaming room, releasing random objects from the walls, creating a life sized mouse trap game in which a rope, a toilet plunger and an earthenware jug full of sushi might just be the keys to his escape. Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match. His family gathers around him, worried about his seeming impassivity before battle. Written by Anonymous

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Symbol: Ending Theme
Written by Yasuaki Shimizu
Performed by Yasuaki Shimizu and Saxophonettes
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Some good laughs from this outlandish bizarre movie
18 October 2010 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

Comparisons to El Topo and 2001 A Space Oddysey are counter-productive with regards to this movie. It has the surreality and meta-physicality of neither, nor is it as well put together as those two. This is a bizarre comedy, nothing more. As such it's quite entertaining at parts.

A guy in a dreadful yellow and green pajama finds himself in a white room totally empty except for some strange bumps in the walls. What follows here will keep you laughing long after the movie finishes.

The director Mattchan is a man with a lot of ideas, some of them good, some of them not. For instance, the parallel stories serve almost no purpose (at least successfully).


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