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Melancholic (2018)

Merankorikku (original title)
Kazuhiko, a graduate of a prestigious university, wasn't enjoying his life, until he takes a job at a bathhouse. Then he discovers that the baths are used as a space for killing people after closing hours.

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Seiji Tanaka

Writer:

Seiji Tanaka (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Stefanie Arianne Stefanie Arianne ... Angela Yen
Makoto Hada Makoto Hada
Yasuyuki Hamaya Yasuyuki Hamaya
Yoshitomo Isozaki Yoshitomo Isozaki
Takanori Kamachi Takanori Kamachi
Yôji Minagawa Yôji Minagawa
Hiroko Shinkai Hiroko Shinkai
Masanobu Yada Masanobu Yada
Keiji Yamashita Keiji Yamashita
Mebuki Yoshida Mebuki Yoshida
Yûta Ôkubo Yûta Ôkubo
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Kazuhiko, a graduate of a prestigious university, wasn't enjoying his life, until he takes a job at a bathhouse. Then he discovers that the baths are used as a space for killing people after closing hours.

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Japanese

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3 August 2019 (Japan) See more »

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Melancholic See more »

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One Goose See more »
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An ecclectic mix of genres may surprise you
26 October 2019 | by neunomadSee all my reviews

Last night I went to the Japanese Film Festival and saw this one on the big screen. The movie is every bit as quirky and oddball as the blurb makes it sound - a university graduate, Kazuhiko, lives with his parents and is suffering from a bad case of ennui. He finds part-time employment in the local bathhouse, which he soon discovers is used by Yakuza for executions. He becomes entangled in disposing of the bodies, whilst at the same time finding an opportunity for love with a former classmate (who happens to be equally as oddball as Kazuhiko).

It sounds like it should be overly dark, but it's actually quite light and somewhat whimsical in a Japanesey way. The movie turns out to be a strange mix of coming of age tale and crime thriller. There is violence, but it is not the main attraction here, and is not overdone or gory. What the film is concerned with is why we are driven to do what we do in life. Why is Kazuhiko so fascinated with gangland executions? Why is he so eager to be useful in this new line of work? Why has he done nothing with this life since graduating from Tokyo University (which means a lot in Japan)? Why is this or that person being killed by the yakuza?

If you're interested in that kind of inner-dialogue, AND you don't mind something out of the ordinary, give this movie a chance. In my screening there was definitely a handful of people that were not 'getting it' and were confused by the movie. I think they had expectations that were not fulfilled, and this movie does the opposite, it gives you what you don't expect. A bit like life.


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