Andâ yua beddo [Under Your Bed] (2019)

Andâ yua beddo
Director: Mari Asato
Writer: Mari Asato
Based on: Kei Ôishi’s novel
Cast: Kengo Kôra, Kanako Nishikawa, Ken’ichi Abe, Yûgo Mikawa, Ryôsuke Miyake
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2020
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Content Note: stalking, domestic violence, abuse, rape

Plot:
Mitsui (Kengo Kôra) leads a lonely life and seems to be generally entirely forgettable – most of the people around him barely remember having met him. There was only Chihiro (Kanako Nishikawa), long ago, who went on a date with him and actually seemed to care for him. Mitsui tracks her down and quickly becomes obsessed with her again. When watching her from afar isn’t enough for him anymore, he starts to hide in her apartment – and becomes a witness to the abusive relationship Chihiro has with her husband (Ken’ichi Abe).

Andâ yua beddo might as well be called The Incel Movie because it absolutely, perfectly fits with the narrative that incels like to tell themselves and the world. And if that wasn’t enough to steer clear of it, it’s also repetitive and simply exhausting.

The film poster showing Mitsui (Kengo Kôra) lying under Chihiro's (Kanako Nishikawa) bed, watching her legs walk past.

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Kaguyahime no monogatari [The Tale of Princess Kaguya] (2013)

Kaguyahime no monogatari
Director: Isao Takahata
Writer: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi
Based on: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kôra, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
One day a bamboo cutter (Takeo Chii) finds a little girl inside one of the bamboos. He takes her home to his wife (Nobuko Miyamoto) where the little girl – Kaguya (Aki Asakura) – turns into a fast growing baby that they bring up with lots of love. The old man is convinced that Kaguya is a princess and should be brought up as one, while Kaguya enjoys running around with the local kids. When the old man finds gold in one of the bamboos, he decides to go to the city and build a new home for Kaguya, one that reflects her rank.

For almost two hours, The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a sweet fairy tale which is then followed by 15 minutes of utter sadness that I did not foresee at all.

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Noruwei no mori [Norwegian Wood] (2010)

Noruwei no mori
Director: Anh Hung Tran
Writer: Anh Hung Tran
Based on: Haruki Murakami‘s novel
Cast: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Reika Kirishima, Tetsuji Tamayama, Eriko Hatsune

Plot:
Toru (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) just started university in Tokyo when he runs into Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi). Naoko used to be Toru’s best friend Kizuki’s (Kengo Kôra) girlfriend but after Kizuki committed suicide, they fell out of touch. Toru and Naoko start hanging out, then sleep together but afterwards, Naoko disappears. After a bit Toru finds out that Naoko is staying at a sanatorium. While she is gone, he meets Midori (Kiko Mizuhara) who is pretty much everything Naoko is not. Even though Toru is completely devoted to Naoko, his friendship with Midori deepens.

This movie did not work, neither as a film of its own, nor as an adaptation of the novel. It was way too long and disjointed. At least the cast was mostly fine and the cinematography nice.

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