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Gôruden suranbâ (2010)

Aoyagi meets an old friend and ends up framed for the murder of the prime minister.

Director:

Yoshihiro Nakamura

Writer:

Kôtarô Isaka (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûko Takeuchi ... Higuchi Haruko
Nao Ohmori ... Higuchi Nobuyuki (as Nao Ômori)
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Sasaki Ichitaro
Masato Sakai Masato Sakai ... Aoyagi Masaharu
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Hodogaya Yasushi
Saki Aibu Saki Aibu ... Inoue Koume
Gaku Hamada ... Kill-O
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Morita Shingo
Ken'ichi Takitô Ken'ichi Takitô
Shihori Kanjiya ... Rinka
Ryushin Tei ... Detective Washizu
Yukari Shiomi Yukari Shiomi
Gekidan Hitori Gekidan Hitori ... Ono Kazuo
Kôya Yoshihashi Kôya Yoshihashi
Kôhei Chino Kôhei Chino
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When easy-going Aoyagi meets an old friend for a fishing trip, he ends up drugged, framed for the Prime Minister's assassination, and on the run from corrupt cops. It's only the beginning of what quickly becomes the worst, weirdest day of his life. But he'll get by with a little help from his friends, who include a famous pop diva, a rockabilly deliveryman, a crippled old gangster, and the world's most cheerful serial killer. Among the many puzzles of this twisty, clever film is how Nakamura manages to sneak a genuinely moving tribute to friendship into the madcap procession of perilous events. No matter what befalls Aoyagi, his friends and parents believe in him because of his steadfast, almost irrational pleasantness. Written by Los Angeles Film Festival

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 January 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Slumber See more »

Filming Locations:

Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

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Strong opening with the rest of the film being weak and forced silliness.
12 May 2017 | by pinokiyoSee all my reviews

The beginning had a strong opening where I was actually engaged/intrigued, but after the main character makes a "run for it", that is when everything just falls apart, literally (story/pacing), and just becomes a plain, super dragged out, extremely silly and dumb, where things just conveniently happen just for the sake of happening (old man in the hospital... come on now), boring adventure. I can suspend some disbelief, but they end up taking things way too far.

It's like the opening starts out really accelerating with a big bang that grabs your interest -- and you'd think it would be more intense after he makes a run for it, but instead the whole film after that just never picks up the pace/just slows way way down/drags and decides to take a huge cartoon world/scenario approach instead.

It's very obvious things just unnaturally, forcefully occur just for the sake of the director/writer to connect it with another ridiculous silly plot (Oh, those memories of making out in an abandoned crummy old Corolla... oh! let's bring back that nostalgia and have a wife, who knows absolutely nothing about cars, hook up the battery herself to come to the rescue... Just silly.)

The writer of this film clearly is a Beatles fan and believes in the JFK assassination conspiracy/media manipulations.

The plot is about the Prime Minister of Japan being assassinated instead, and it ends up being framed on the main character, where he then makes a run for it. The film is a satire of "Lee Harvey Oswald" being framed for JFK, or "Bin Laden" for 9/11, where the media just needs an "image"/scapegoat.

The idea is very interesting and I was really engaged and excited at first where it was going to end up, but the rest of the film is just absolute torture and disappointing.

Although I cry easily when watching movies, I could not even cry once or find anything touching for this film; I can tell the director tried to throw in all these cheesy touchy moments, but it's so forcefully done, it just makes you roll your eyes and cringe instead. (Seriously... fireworks coming out of manhole covers??? Come on now... That had to be the stupidest thing ever. The wife is some sort of superwoman.)

The problem with this film is that it doesn't know whether to be completely serious or end up going so over-the-top ridiculousness turning into an anime world.

When people start behaving like they do in anime and really over-the-top silly things start to happen, it actually backfires on the realism/suspense - it really takes the audience out of it. It seriously loses its suspense because you just can't take it seriously anymore. It needs consistency, which this film doesn't have.

What made movies like "The Fugitive" suspenseful and exciting is because as over-the-top Hollywood action it may have had, it was still grounded.

The ending "twist" is also not that clever/not worth all that time for that pay off. I felt like the movie was more like 3 hours long; it just really felt that dragged on.

The positive reviews are giving this movie way too much credit than it really is. Overall, the plot had potential, but the film decided to take a cartoon silly approach with an extremely cheesy flashback "going back home" story.


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