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Tales of the Unusual (2000)

Yonimo kimyô na monogatari - Eiga no tokubetsu hen (original title)
A four-part anthology in the spirit of The Twilight Zone, this film starts off with a group of commuters stranded at a train station in the rain, listening to stories told by one of the ... See full summary »

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Tomoko Aizawa ("The Marriage Simulator"), Ryôichi Kimizuka (segment) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Kazuyuki Aijima ... Manabe (segment "One Snowy Night") / Salaryman (segment "The Storyteller")
Izumi Inamori Izumi Inamori ... Chiharu Takajo (segment "The Marriage Simulator")
Renji Ishibashi ... Old Man (segment "Chess")
Takashi Kashiwabara ... Yuichi Tokunagi (segment "The Marriage Simulator")
Narumi Kayashima Narumi Kayashima ... (segment "The Marriage Simulator")
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto ... Seiichi Tomoda (segment "Chess")
Ikue Masudo Ikue Masudo ... (segment "The Marriage Simulator") (as Saya Takagi)
Akihiko Murata Akihiko Murata
Kiichi Nakai ... (segment "Samurai Cellular")
Hideyuki Nakayama Hideyuki Nakayama
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Kumi Kato (segment "Chess")
Megumi Okina ... Karu (segment "Samurai Cellular")
Ren Osugi ... Yoshiaki Yamauchi (segment "One Snowy Night") (as Ren Ôsugi)
Kazuma Suzuki ... Takuro Yuki (segment "One Snowy Night")
Shinji Takeda Shinji Takeda ... Akira Kato (segment "Chess")
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A four-part anthology in the spirit of The Twilight Zone, this film starts off with a group of commuters stranded at a train station in the rain, listening to stories told by one of the group. These include tales of a group stranded in the mountains and haunted by guilt over a death they inadvertantly caused, an emotionally broken chessmaster pressed into playing a real-life game for an eccentric millionaire, a wandering medieval samurai who finds a modern-day cell phone on the ground and a person on the other end asking questions about the past, and a young couple who agree to try a computer simulation of what their future as husband and wife would be like. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Japanese | English | French

Release Date:

3 November 2000 (Japan) See more »

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$134,085
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A pleasant surprise - despite the obligatory creepiness
12 December 2001 | by regi0n2fanSee all my reviews

"Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari" (or however you subdivide the title) appears to be, from the cover art, another of those popular Japanese horror flicks, a la "Ringu", "Tomie", et al. Well, that's only about 25% right. Unfortunately, the creepy cover art initially led me to overlook this title, despite its comparison to one of my favourite vintage TV shows, Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone". Upon closer examination, however, I must admit the concept of "Keitai Chushingura" convinced me to purchase the DVD.

As detailed elsewhere, the movie consists of four short films tied together by a creepy guy (credited as "Tamori") in a bus station who tells stories to others stranded by a downpour. The first, "Yukiyama" is the horror entree, starring Yada Akiko ("Saimin", "Aishiteiru to Ittekure"), who does her best "Blair Witch Project" impression. Tense, a little confusing, but well done. I kept thinking of the Snow Demon in Kurosawa's "Dreams". "Keitai Chushingura" was initially my favourite, since it brought a hilarious twist to the time-honoured Bushido legend of the 47 Ronin of the Ako Clan. This time, Oishi is portrayed as a reluctant womanizing hero who has to be coerced into his historically relevant action by the promptings of a caller from 300 years in the future who's part of an "historical accuracy study" or something like that. Good stuff. "Chess" is a surreal, clever twist on the game which seems like it came right out of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Finally "Kekkon Simulator" was a totally non-creepy, neat little romantic story featuring Inamori Izumi ("Long Vacation", "Hito Natsu no Propose", "Ashita ga Aru sa!"), which was touching without being excessively weepy. The only letdown was perhaps the final short monologue from Tamori-san, but it in no way detracted from a fine film. NOTE: As of 12/2001, I believe there are only Region 2 & 3 versions available on DVD, both of which have English subs.


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