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These movies are not listed on IMDb; 자유결혼 ("The Love Marriage") from 1958 귀로 ("Coming Back" aka "Homebound") from 1967 0시 ("The Midnight Sun") from 1972 제공 ("Yeong-Ja’s Heydays") from 1975 육식동물 ("Beasts of Prey" aka "Carnivorous Animal") from 1985 기쁜 우리 젊은 날 ("Our Joyful Young Days") from 1987
Entertaining but exhausting
This is really one of those films that could use a subtitled version, however it's so obscure that sadly no one put out a subtitled file/edition. Despite the minimal Japanese dialogue, the plot is so abstract and intangible that even those few lines would help if they were translated.
Aside from that, this is pretty much an exemplary Obayashi experimental film (except this one is said to be his most personal), full of strange video/camera effects, weird filters, color alternations, intrusive stop- motion, flashy title cards and short pythonesque animations. The music is also really good. The only problem lies in the fact that the film is too long for the sake of its confusing content.
Director Nobuhiko Obayashi's first film (or second film, depending on your sources) follows a mother and what appears to be her child having fun together playing ball games at a park. It's not all that of an interesting plot and despite its short runtime, it's kinda tedious.
The plot is simple, but hard to follow because of awkward cuts and non-linear storytelling. Some aspects of it, like the mother tearing up some pieces of paper, as well as the puzzling appearance of some two guys walking by the park, make it a bit confusing. Or maybe it's a culture thing. Or an author's thing. Who knows.
However, this movie does have one interesting detail going for it. I'm talking about the part when the ball starts bouncing down the stairs, and the camera actually shifts into the ball's POV shot, which looks kinda cool. Also, some of Obayashi's trademark director characteristics (piano music, silent film, childish atmosphere, magic realism) are also present.
Fun Experimental Film
Norman McLaren-style stop-motion effects of people jumping in the air, a vampire killing himself by throwing a knife and patiently laying on the grass waiting for it to strike, a hyperactive camera unable to show a cinematography effect-less shot for more than a single second, an intense western duel featuring a cowboy playing a short string instrument solo before dying, a whole lot of meta-jokes, shots of newspaper cutouts that I suppose were put there to signify chapters, and a whole bunch of other enjoyable experimental techniques make this movie hella fun.
Obayashi's most famous movie, Hausu, is notable for its child-like atmosphere and bizarre special effects, Emotion being similar in style. One of my favorite moments in this movie is when a young girl's father touches her nose, only for us to find out that he actually touched a black&white photo of her, with circular water disturbances coming out of her nose when he touched it. By the way, it's hard to figure out this movie's plot while watching it, or maybe I didn't because the version I saw didn't have subtitles on during the parts with short narrations in Japanese.