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Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

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Gen Sekiguchi

Writer:

Taku Tada
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadanobu Asano ... Aman
Reika Hashimoto Reika Hashimoto ... Mimi - Ishigaki's wife
Kyôko Koizumi ... Yoko, Commercial Executive
Hiroshi Abe ... Aoyama, the Hypnotist
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Tatsuya Kobayashi
Yumi Asô ... Misa, Kobayashi's wife
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Tsuda - Burglar
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Morishita - Burglar
Jai West ... J - Burglar
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ... Katagiri - Interpreter
Vinnie Jones ... Hired Killer
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Kazama - Advertising Company President (as Sonny Chiba)
Shihori Kanjiya ... Kaho Kobayashi
Tomokazu Miura ... Doctor Yamauchi
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Seiichi Kobayashi
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A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

19 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Modo de Sobrevivência 5 See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Aman's wife: [mouthed out] Bye-Bye.
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I Will Survive
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Performed by Cake
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I guess not many people know Vinne Jones.........
10 August 2005 | by nemo183See all my reviews

Hey, let's just get back these IMDb reviews under control.

This is an enjoyable, multi-levelled film that will particularly appeal to a European and American audience - just because it is so different.

However, in view of the whole range of current Japanese/Chinese/Tiawanese film output, anyone giving this a ten star rating should get out more. Especially those people (and you know who you are) have written a "review" which is a word for word quote from the DVD cover.

Having watched it twice, I enjoyed it. It's got style, and originality. It's really watchable. But, it's a bit like candy-floss - it appears more substantial than it is. In some circumstances, it would acquire a cult following of those wishing to explain each and every scene, in infinite depth.

There are some great performances. Unfortunately, Vinne Jones does not provide one of these. In his previous, and more honourable career, as a soccer player, he achieved a certain degree of fame as a last stop, hatchett man defender.

In his retirement, he was superb in his cameo role in "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" However, his role in this film is just a joke. Now, I quite understand if he was cast as a joke - this would lend a degree of irony to his role. But, I just don't think that was the intention.

So, in conclusion, watching this will not be a wasted 2 hours of your life - but if you haven't already seen 3-Iron, Oldboy, Immortal, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance or Casshern, why not do yourself a favour, and leave this as the light - but substantial - piece of fluff it is?


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