Inuyashiki (2018)

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto
Based on: Hiroya Oku‘s manga
Cast: Noritake Kinashi, Takeru Satoh, Kanata Hongô, Fumi Nikaidô, Ayaka Miyoshi, Nayuta Fukuzaki, Mari Hamada, Yuki Saitô, Yûsuke Iseya
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2018

Inuyashiki (Noritake Kinashi) tries his best, but he is getting older and success has so far evaded him. He works as hard as he can and his family still isn’t satisfied with the money he makes. Or his personality. To make matters worse, he is diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have much time left anymore. Just as he wonders how to tell his family about this, he gets struck by a weird light in the park. After that he realizes that he has been given new, superhuman abilities. And he isn’t the only one: Hiro (Takeru Satoh) was also struck. But not everybody should get such powers.

Inuyashiki didn’t really work for me, although I did like Inuyashiki and the film does have a cute dog. But that wasn’t really enough.

The film poster showing a few stills of the film.
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JoJo no kimyô na bôken: Daiyamondo wa kudakenai – dai-isshô [JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable – Chapter 1] (2017)

JoJo no kimyô na bôken: Daiyamondo wa kudakenai – dai-isshô
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Itaru Era
Based on: Hirohiko Araki‘s manga series
Cast: Kento Yamazaki, Ryûnosuke KamikiNana KomatsuJun KunimuraYûsuke IseyaTakayuki YamadaMackenyuMasaki OkadaShinta NittaArisa Mizuki
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2017

Koichi (Ryûnosuke Kamiki) just moved to a new town where he meets the mysterious JoJo (Kento Yamazaki). JoJo stands out due to his eccentric hair style, but when he’s teased about it, he shows that he has hereditary powers that go beyond excellent hairspray. But somebody seems to imbue normal people with Stands, the manifestations of supernatural powers, and JoJo needs to figure out what’s going on with Koichi’s help.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has some great ideas, but the execution didn’t really work for me. It has its moments, but it’s in desperate need of focus.

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Blindness (2008)

Blindness is the adaptation of José Saramago‘s book of the same title (my review here). It’s directed by Fernando Meirelles, who’s most famous for The Constant Gardener and Cidade de Deus.

The adaptation is very close to the book and the plot is the same: In a city probably somewhere in Europe people start going blind. But instead of seeing nothing (meaning: all black), they “see” only white. The blindness spreads epidemically. The authorities, in a desperate attempt to stop it, lock the blind people up in an abandoned asylum without any help. There they slowly succumb to chaos and power struggles. The story follows a group of seven people, who are thrown together by these events.



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