Party 7 (2000)
Party 7 (2000)
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Scattershot and hyperactive in a way only Japanese cinema can get away with, Party 7 is an enjoyable frantic mess. After a speedy animated introduction to 7 different characters, we are suddenly thrust into a narrative about some stolen money. As the man hides in a hotel room, he has no idea he is being watched by some professional peepers (one dressed in super-hero garb and calling himself Captain Banana). As people come looking for the money, the hotel room gets crowded, and twists are revealed. It's very claustrophobic, being set in just two rooms, which is painfully awkward given the over-the-top style. The humour is broad and weird. Funny and fun, even though I was disappointed that the image on the DVD case is nowhere to be found in the film :(
Not a terrible movie by any means, but though it doesn't measure up to the director's later Taste of Tea and Funky Forest it shows the roadway to those movies being paved. A tremendous talent that improved once he took the crime elements out of his films and just had fun with quirky yet emotional stories.
Party 7 is in my opinion the best Asano movie because it was the first one I saw and he plays a peeping tom who falls in love with a slut over and over again while really cheesy music plays. Awesome movie!
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