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Symbol (2009)

Shinboru (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery | 12 September 2009 (Japan)
A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants.

Director:

Hitoshi Matsumoto

Writers:

Hitoshi Matsumoto (screenplay), Mitsuyoshi Takasu (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hitoshi Matsumoto Hitoshi Matsumoto ... The Man
David Quintero David Quintero ... Escargot Man, Antonio's Father
Luis Accinelli Luis Accinelli ... Antonio's Uncle
Lilian Tapia Lilian Tapia ... Antonio's Mother (as Lillian Tapia)
Adriana Fricke ... Karen
Carlos C. Torres ... Antonio
Ivana Wong Ivana Wong ... Antonio's Sister
Arkangel De La Muerte Arkangel De La Muerte ... Aguila De Plata
Matcho Panpu Matcho Panpu ... Tequila Joe (as Misuteru Kakao)
Dick Togo ... El Super Demonio (as Dick Tôgô)
Salam Diagne Salam Diagne ... African Tribesman
Stuart-O. Stuart-O.
Chris Gurundy Chris Gurundy
Nik Sliwerski Nik Sliwerski
Jonathan Hicks Jonathan Hicks
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A man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Soon the imprisoned man is engaged in absurd and hilarious attempts to escape the gleaming room, releasing random objects from the walls, creating a life sized mouse trap game in which a rope, a toilet plunger and an earthenware jug full of sushi might just be the keys to his escape. Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match. His family gathers around him, worried about his seeming impassivity before battle. Written by Anonymous

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Connections

References Nip/Tuck (2003) See more »

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Music by Hidekazu Sakamoto
Lyrics by Kensuke Shiga
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Imagine a Gary Larson 'Far Side' cartoon come to life
7 August 2010 | by sharkies69See all my reviews

Many viewers may find this film or the main character quite idiotic or stupid but those who enjoy physical comedy should get a lot out of it.

A very creative and imaginative concept with man in bright spotted pyjamas trapped in a white walled room. On the walls are hundreds of 'buttons'.

With no visible way out of the room, the man becomes desperate and curious and one by one begins to press the buttons, with each button delivering odd 'products' and 'ojects' that are seemingly no help to him getting out of the room.

At the same time, a parallel storyline runs of the real world, with an underdog Mexican wrestler getting ready for a bout.

The two story lines come together with mixed results.

I found the film to be very entertaining although was a little disappointed with the third act.

Funny and offering something different than the usual Apatow 'hits' churned out by Hollywood.

Anyone who likes early Jim Carrey style physical slapstick might enjoy this.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

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Release Date:

12 September 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,033,714
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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