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Moemi is not overly pleased when Yukio brings home a couple of turtles to keep her company. Although Yukio works at home as a writer, Moemi feels neglected and desired a dog or a cat, but ... See full summary »

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Etsushi Toyokawa ... Yukio
Tomoko Yamaguchi Tomoko Yamaguchi ... Moemi
Tomorô Taguchi ... Psychiatrist
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Moemi is not overly pleased when Yukio brings home a couple of turtles to keep her company. Although Yukio works at home as a writer, Moemi feels neglected and desired a dog or a cat, but neither is allowed in their apartment. He drills a hole in the front of one turtle's shell so that it can be taken for walks on a leash, but Moemi spares the second from the same fate by proclaiming it "The House Turtle." Their lives seem reasonably happy until she has her braces removed, and Yukio finds kissing her less satisfying. She soon starts tying up everything in her sight with knotted twine, starting with the turtles. A psychiatrist diagnoses "Obsessive Knot-Binding Syndrome" due to deficiencies in her relationship with Yukio. Moemi continues to expand her activities, tying herself in knots with cords stretching across the apartment. The doctor tells Yukio that her illness has reached a critical point, and that he should tie her up that evening. This he proceeds to do, with her encouraging ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Dark, strange, and unique Iwai film.
26 May 2010 | by Koyama22See all my reviews

In short: Giving off a low budget, film school feel, Undo is a dark, strange, and unique short film. While containing some quite beautiful shots, Undo is mostly unpleasant to watch and the dialogue is a bit awkward. For Iwai fans, Undo is a nice glimpse into his experimental side, but is far from his best film.

Undo is about a young couple, Yukio (Toyokawa Etsushi) and Moemi (Yamaguchi Tomoko) living in a small apartment (which just doesn't seem normal). The beginning of the film is fairly normal; Yukio brings home turtles as pets because they cannot have dogs or cats, Moemi has her braces removed, they take their turtles for walks (yes, there is a bit of animal cruelty in this film). The situation at the apartment becomes strange when Moemi starts tying and knotting things up, books, apples, the turtles, everything. She is diagnosed with Obsessive Knot-Tying Syndrome and only becomes worse. The film descends into madness as Yukio has to deal with the increasingly worsening Moemi. Various odd scenes follow.

Filmed much like Picnic (1996) and Swallowtail Butterfly (1996), Undo is mostly dark and shadowy, with grainy, fuzzy, and washed out colors. Specific shots are stunning, and music is minimal and ineffective. Acting is good–the girl is particularly interesting as she plays a strange woman who becomes obsessed with knotting things up. Overall, the characters (all 3) were not normal and struck me as odd. Undo is a disturbing film that seeks to show love in a very unconventional way. I probably won't view it again, but watch it if you are interested in experimental film making or a fan of Iwai Shunji.


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