Riaru onigokko [Tag] (2015)

Riaru onigokko
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono
Based on: Yusuke Yamada’s novel
Cast: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Sayaka Isoyama
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2015

Plot:
Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) is on the school bus heading for an excursion. Everyone is excited about the day, but then – just as Mitsuko ducks to pick up her pen, something hits the bus, tears its top off and slices everybody in half. In a panic Mitsuko starts to run and doesn’t stop until she ends up in a parallel world where everybody seems to know her. She even has a best friend in Aki (Mariko Shinoda), only that Mitsuko can remember nothing about that world. In any case it seems like the chase isn’t quite over yet.

Even for a Shion Sono movie, Tag was very weird. But although I’m still hazy about the particulars of the story and it might not make much sense at all, I did enjoy it a whole lot and I wasn’t bored or asleep for a second, even though the screening started at 3am.

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Tokyo Tribe (2014)

Tokyo Tribe
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono
Based on: Santa Inoue`s manga Tokyo Tribes
Cast: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Shôta Sometani, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Nana Seino, Riki Takeuchi, Shôko Nakagawa, Yui IchikawaRyûta Satô
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Hip-hop Gangs rule Tokyo and they’ve each claimed their territories. That has worked quited well for a while but that peace has started to crumble. Bubba (Riki Takeuchi) and his henchmen, above all Mera (Ryôhei Suzuki), want to take over the entire city and get rid of the other tribes, in particular the one led by Tera (Ryûta Satô) and Kai (Young Dais) who talk of peace and love.

A Japanese hip-hop musical sounds fun, but in a sentence, Tokyo Tribe is sexist dreck interspersed with rape and it goes on way too long. I really couldn’t enjoy it.

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Love & Peace (2015)

Love & Peace
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono
Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Kumiko Asô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shôko Nakagawa
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Ryo Suzuki (Hiroki Hasegawa) has big dreams, but no self-esteem whatsoever. He is being bullied at work and he now sees people laughing at him everywhere. This all changes when he gets a pet turtle, Pikadon, with which he is happy for a while. Until his co-workers discover the pet and ridicule Ryo so much, he flushes it down the toilet. He instantly regrets it, but the decision catapults both Ryo and Pikadon on a long journey.

Love & Peace is the perfect Christmas movie that has just enough weirdness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s still sickly sweet and I loved it.

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Tsumetai nettaigyo [Cold Fish] (2010)

Tsumetai nettaigyo
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi
Cast: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka, Hikari Kajiwara, Tetsu Watanabe
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) is the owner of a small tropical fish store. His second wife Taeko (Megumi Kagurazaka) and his daughter Mitsuki (Hikari Kajiwara) don’t get along and his life is not exactly happy. When Mitsuki is caught shoplifting, Murata (Denden) steps in and saves Mitsuki from criminal charges. Murata is a pretty successful business man and owns a big fish store himself. He takes Shamoto and his family under his wing, offering Mitsuki a job and Shamoto a partnership. Shamoto barely has time to notice how Murata takes over his life before Murata reveals that he is a psychopathic killer. By then Shamoto is in too deep and can’t get out anymore.

The movie mostly left me feeling confused. I’m pretty certain that the movie is screaming a message at me, but I’ll be buggered if I know what that message actually is.

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