6.7/10
547
4 user 1 critic
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 »

Director:

Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Picnic (1996)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Koichi Hashizume
April Story (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In spring, a young girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Takako Matsu, Seiichi Tanabe, Kaori Fujii
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The struggles of a group of immigrant outcasts living in an alternative-future, xenophobic Japanese metropolis.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Chara, Ayumi Itô
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku
Last Letter (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Attending the reunion in lieu of her late elder sister, Zhihua accidentally runs into Yin Chuan, on whom she had a crush in her youth. As old memories are evoked Zhihua slowly uncovers the intricate story of the trio.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Xun Zhou, Hao Qin, Jiang Du
Love Letter (1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on "Planet", a new social network service. One day, a young man named ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Gô Ayano
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô
Ghost Soup (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Agreeing to move out of his old apartment early to help out others, Ichiro shows up unexpectedly to move into his new place on Christmas Eve, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. As he ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Ranran Suzuki, Hiroyuki Watari, Dave Spector
Undo I (2019)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

When the lives of a couple and a man intertwine through loss, they're forced into a state of self-reflection.

Director: Tiara West
Stars: Amani Anderson, Jeremy Ayers, Nevaeh Johnson
Fried Dragon Fish (TV Movie 1993)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A salesman from Delta Works, a London-based computerized database, offers a one month free trial that seems uninteresting until he mentions that an operator, always selected from a group of... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Miyoko Yoshimoto, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroshi Ôguchi
Eureka (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Yukio
Tomoko Yamaguchi Tomoko Yamaguchi ... Moemi
Tomorô Taguchi ... Psychiatrist
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Let's start over again...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 October 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

undo See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed