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The Red Spectacles (1987)

Jigoku no banken: akai megane (original title)
A surreal science fiction noir involving a man trapped in a future where seemingly everyone is a government spy and all-night noodle stands are outlawed.

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Mamoru Oshii
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Chiba ... Koichi Todome
Machiko Washio Machiko Washio ... Midori Washio
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Soichiro Toribe / Ao
Tesshô Genda ... Bunmei Muroto
Mako Hyôdô ... Young Lady
Ichirô Nagai ... Billiards Man
Yasuo Ôtsuka Yasuo Ôtsuka ... Taxi Driver
Hirô Oikawa Hirô Oikawa ... Hotel Receptionist
Takashi Kanematsu Takashi Kanematsu ... Yakuza A
Toshio Furukawa ... Yakuza B
Tomohiro Nishimura Tomohiro Nishimura ... Punk
Hidetoshi Nakamura Hidetoshi Nakamura ... Bunmei's Minion
Takahiro Hirai Takahiro Hirai ... Bunmei's Minion
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Bunmei's Minion
Takeyuki Funato Takeyuki Funato ... Bunmei's Minion
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A surreal science fiction noir involving a man trapped in a future where seemingly everyone is a government spy and all-night noodle stands are outlawed.

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Comedy | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 February 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Spectacles See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Followed by Stray Dogs (1991) See more »

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Original; but is that enough?
16 March 2008 | by PenOutOfTimeSee all my reviews

This is, for lack of a better term, an art film. This should be said from the start, because while many of Oshii's anime films are of a philosophical bent, they hew closely enough to convention to appeal to mainstream movie fans. This film probably does not.

Judging the film as a whole, it makes some interesting philosophical points and pays off at the end. The question is whether this payoff is enough to justify what went before. I am not sure about this.

Normally one assesses a confusing film that can only be fully grasped at the end by looking at that film's secondary characteristics.

Judged as an art film, the movie's technique is expert, but it is not so innovative or visually compelling so as to justify the film by itself. There is nothing wrong with the acting in this movie, but it is not so compelling that it shifts one's focus from the film as a whole.

Judged as a more commercial or mainstream film, this movie is distinctive for its emphasis on humor. That humor is an old-fashioned form of slapstick however, and while this will make the film for some people, if you do not especially like this form of humor, then the fact that it is placed in a confusing and rather dark movie will prevent the individual bits of humor from coalescing into a funny unity greater than the sum of the parts.

The one thing that cannot be denied or dismissed, is that this film is an original one, and is philosophical without being preachy. If this is enough, then you are certain to be satisfied.


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