Osoi hito (Late Bloomer) (2004)
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A man locked inside of his own body plots to tear the whole world down in this aggressively experimental take on the serial killer subgenre from writer/director Go Shibata. Sumida is an enigma, a wheelchair-bound cripple who has little human contact outside of getting drunk with his health-care attendant, Take. Occasionally, Sumida will venture out to one of Take's hardcore metal shows, but even then meeting strangers is nearly impossible due to the fact that he speaks through a voicebox and can
Nov 21, 2004 Wide
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Considering its five-year production history, Late Bloomer is a regrettably scattershot affair.
You have to meet the film's visual style halfway. It's shot in contrasty black and white, slo-mo, fast-mo, sometimes jagged cutting, sometimes an erratic hand-held camera that suggests the jerky way Sumida must view the world.
You might not like what you see, but you will appreciate it. And you certainly won't forget it for a while.
Weird, wicked and wonderfully perverse, Late Bloomer pulses with frigid energy. Watching it is like having your finger trapped in a light socket: no matter how much it hurts, you can't quite tear yourself away.
If anything, this grungy horror film's refusal to whitewash its antihero offers a rebuke worthy of the Farrelly brothers; by allowing him to indulge in the worst behavior imaginable, the movie actually affirms his humanity.
Strangest for genuinely empathizing with the monstrous Sumida-san as if he were the typical disabled lead in an inspirational heartstring-tugger.
Nominally a slasher movie, this is very much more a study of some psychological depth about what it means to be severely disabled. With its limited budget, it achieves more than many movies seeking pat messages about society's outcasts.
It may not look particularly stunning or insightful from a distance; but when viewed up close and in fragments, it's a queasy stutter of rage that is impossible to ignore.
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