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Survive Style 5+ (2004)

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

Director:

Gen Sekiguchi

Writer:

Taku Tada
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

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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Quotes

Kazama - Advertising Company President: [the President takes a phone call from his wife during a board meeting] Yeah. Yeah.
Kazama - Advertising Company President: [He looks shocked] What?
Kazama - Advertising Company President: The bathroom light is out?
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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren
Performed by Cake
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Incredible, original, and daring
3 April 2008 | by TrelloskilosSee all my reviews

I'm not sure how to even begin a critique of this film. The best analogy that I can think of is a bit like the first time I ever went into a sushi bar. - It wasn't just that the food that I ate was completely different to a palate more used to hamburgers or fish & chips, but that the rules were different too. Instead of having a waitress write down the order, I picked out colourful dishes off a conveyor belt, and ate some wonderfully exotic food. All of this wrapped up in a culture that was decidedly Japanese....and I loved it!!

Exactly the same is true of Survive Style 5. It was completely different from the usual movies I watch, the rules were broken, the experience was extremely colourful, wonderfully exotic, it was decidedly Japanese...and I loved it too!!

The film focuses on several story lines, from the fairly tame (the sexual confusion of a group of young friends), to the surreal (the murdered wife who keeps returning to beat up her husband in ever more bizarre ways), to the absurd (the man stuck in a trance thinking he's a bird after the hypnotist is killed)...and beyond.

The first thing that struck me was the brightness & colour of the film. The words 'kitsch' do not do the sets justice, with big pink fluffy 'Hello Kitty' cuteness or neon manga-esquire style. The movie is not drab in the slightest! Also the film wears its 'Japaneseness' on its sleeve, which is further highlighted by the inclusion of the very un-Japanese Vinnie Jones (playing a hit-man who asks the question "What is your purpose in life?" indiscriminately to air stewardesses and pieces of broccoli).

Amongst all this mish-mash of colour, lunacy, absurdity, and surrealism lies a a big heart. While almost completely disparate in some places, the movie ends in a surprisingly satisfying manner (In fact, it's one of the best endings I could imagine for a movie so off-the-wall).

Maybe the film won't be to everybody's taste, especially those who really do not want to try something different, but what can I say? I like to try something new once in a while, and if you're like me, this might be a tasty plate of Futomaki for you!


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