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Stereo Future (2001)

Keisuke, an aspiring samurai-movie actor lands a major role in a new film, but must contend with a director who has nothing but scorn for him, but who continually fawns over the film's ... See full summary »

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Hiroyuki Nakano
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Masatoshi Nagase ... Keisuke Katsura
Akiko Monô Akiko Monô ... Eri Momozaki
Tamaki Ogawa Tamaki Ogawa ... Kaoru Momozaki
Kumiko Asô Kumiko Asô ... Mika Andou
Naoto Takenaka ... Ryuutarou Takayama
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Ryou Kuroki
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Maki kantoku (Director)
Shôichirô Akaboshi Shôichirô Akaboshi ... Fujisawa jokantoku (Assistant director)
Pierre Taki ... Kengo Kawase (as Piêru Taki)
Shunsuke Matsuoka Shunsuke Matsuoka ... Shunsuke Yamamoto
Daniel Ezralow ... Dr. Danny Moreno
Kei Tani Kei Tani ... Ninja - Kagemaru
Makoto Ôtake Makoto Ôtake ... Video-editor no Wada
Ren Osugi ... Telebi-kyoku Hensei-buchou no Kuroiwa (as Ren Ôsugi)
Kitarô Kitarô ... Telebi-kyoku Hensei-buchou
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Keisuke, an aspiring samurai-movie actor lands a major role in a new film, but must contend with a director who has nothing but scorn for him, but who continually fawns over the film's obnoxious ham of a star. Meanwhile, Keisuke has been dumped by his girlfriend, Eri, after she becomes heartbroken when he considers working full-time as a bar manager rather than pursuing his dream. Through her job as a translator, she meets an Italian professor who claims to talk to trees, and who immediately starts trying to woo her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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5 June 2001 (Japan) See more »

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The Buddhist statue that can be seen in the background behind Eri and Danny was used previously in _Samurai Fiction (1998)_ in a similar forest. See more »

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Stereo Future
30 November 2006 | by KelleyscopeSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the previous comments, as I in fact both enjoyed the film and laughed. I must say this could be because I went into it expecting nothing and have fallen out of touch of current Japanese movies. So what I am saying with this last point is, maybe this is something (at least in style) that has been made of late.

This aside, I think what really captured me was the blend of visuals, the samurai sequences and soundtrack. I found some of the writing forced, particularly with the Danny character (the nature guy), he seemed too young, or the writing too overdone for part. Perhaps it was the script that was weak, but the performers (particularly the Japanese leads) that were able to gain a greater understanding of the writing. I don't mean to knock the lone-non-Japanese in the film, he did a fine job when compared with other Japanese films written for non-Japanese characters.

But I suppose a movie has to be more than just visual and audio. And while I agree and hour and 50 min. was a little long for this film, there is a spirit or heart that is within it that I think asks (if not demands) the viewer put aside a few of its flaws and give into this artistically-done popcorn film.

Those are my thoughts ... for now.


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