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June 23, 2013
A cute coming of age story that makes you laugh with its awkwardness in the relationship between the sexy Aya Ueto and darling Ryunosuke Kamiki. Unfortunately, the lighthearted tone doesn't help the slow pace.
December 20, 2009
Not really sure what to make of this movie. It's quite bizarre in it's storyline of a 9 year old boy and a 17 year old schoolgirl running an online adult chatroom for money. You might think from that it sounds perverted but it's not. It's Aya Ueto that really makes this movie work.
½ March 12, 2009
Petit film sans prétention qui traite du questionnement d'une lycéenne qui décide de tout plaquer mais qui ne sait pas quoi faire. Elle se fait embringuer dans une histoire de sex chat room avec un ptiot de 10 ans qui lui montre comment s'en servir... Bref. Une histoire qui reste sur le fond comme sur la forme très gentille. A un moment il y a quelque chose d'intéressant qui se forme et qui est trop souvent absent du cinéma (les relations amoureuses entre enfant et ado) mais un rebondissement arrive comme un cheveux sur la soupe et coupe toute chose qui aurait pu devenir chouette à développer (leur relation délicate). Bref, c'est beaucoup trop naïf et simplet pour être réellement intéressant mais ça se laisse suivre...
Super Reviewer
½ February 10, 2009
Install is certainly "different". In some respects that is good. The tone is unlike a lot of films which makes for an interesting movie. The themes it covers such as identity, coming of age and sexuality are all handled in a mature way but through childish and naive eyes. The idea of drawing parallels between becoming a young adult and rebooting a computer are surprisingly well built upon. The problems then? A lot of the movie is handled through chat-rooms and dream sequences. Both get old fast and soon disappoint. The major contributer to ruining this film is the dreadful musical score. It's annoying "quirky" background music that just plays, pretty much non-stop, without any real relevance to which seen it is played over. This becomes so-tiring and distracting, as it even intrudes on lengthy dialogue segments. It almost destroys the film as a whole and made it a lot harder for me to get through it.
February 8, 2009
A unique storyline. Aya Ueto acts this role of a aimless school girl. It was a bizarre movie, only some people can accept the surrealness of this movie.
½ February 3, 2009
Interesting movie. Original and a little strange. We saw an young Aya Ueto but she's as now: GREAT!!
January 4, 2009
Not really sure what to make of this movie. It's quite bizarre in it's storyline of a 9 year old boy and a 17 year old schoolgirl running an online adult chatroom for money. You might think from that it sounds perverted but it's not. It's Aya Ueto that really makes this movie work.
December 25, 2008
This film is so quirky, bizarre and absurdist you can't help but enjoy it and laugh. At times it can be really silly but if you see past all the absurdity you can see that there are some very interesting themes that are being explored. I mean when you get an innocent and naive 17 year old girl who's so unsatisfied with her life that she befriends a 10 year old boy who persuades her to run a an internet sex chat room with him. With that said, you know that they are touching upon some post modern ideas here. Interesting...
½ November 24, 2008
Hm... A pretty interesting plot. Can see the effort to make this a more artistic film... And the little boy! How dare he...?! Haha. Also like the scene where the students are walking in a synchronized manner... They're like marching!
April 25, 2008
"Quirky Indie Movie", but Japanese.
February 29, 2008
It's a weird mix of themes in this aimless movie. It's unique in a sense, but not all that good. It's cute/funny in certain scenes but they are few and far between. Extra star for Ueto Aya because nothing else makes sense in this random movie.
January 22, 2008
Haha, hilarious how they have the katakana words for "clitorus" floating on the screen. Somewhat interesting movie. ^_^
January 15, 2008
It was okay..
I really like the little kind in this movie.
December 28, 2007
Nozawa Asako is a pretty yet melancholic girl. Her being and mind seem to be stuck in a constant haze and she has difficulty making it from one day to the next. The main reason why she is ensnared within this fog of lethargy is because she has no goals according to quite a number of people. However, instead of trying to search for a purpose in life, Asako withdraws deeper into herself. She decides to leave school one day and doesnâ??t return and completely removes every object from her room which she then organizes outside her apartment building. It is while she is in a daze looking at the sky surrounded by her earthly belongings that she encounters Aoki Kazuyoshi, a precocious elementary school student who asks her he can have an old computer that was given to Asako by her grandfather eight years earlier.

After going there separate ways, Asako and Kazuyoshi meet each other later, and Kazuyoshi proposes that Asako come work with him. It seems that Kazuyoshi is in contact with a woman named Miyabi-san, a housewife who sells herself to make money. Apparently she also engages in cyber sex with men, but because she is quite busy with her work, she hires others to pose as her. She knows Kazuyoshi as â??Kaneko,â?? another bored housewife,â?? and pays â??herâ?? to engage in cyber sex. However, Kazuyoshi is busy with elementary school, he asks Asako to take his place from ten in the morning to two in the afternoon at the sum of 1500 yen an hour, roughly 15 dollars an hour. Asako is reluctant at first because she is only seventeen-years old and still uninitiated in the adult world of sex. However, because Kazuyoshi suggests that the â??workâ?? would help her discover a new part of herself, she jumps into the job quite enthusiastically.

Install was written by the Akutagawa Prize winning writer Wataya Risa when she was seventeen years old like her protagonist. The film hones in on the barrier separating childhood and adulthood and the role sex plays in passing through the barrier. However, more importantly it zeros in on the issue of the anonymity offered by the Internet. Some of the individuals Asako chats with are truly what they tell her, but others create a personal â??avatarâ?? of their true self so that they are able to indulge in fantasies that might be considered taboo in society at large. Asako is quite shocked when Kazuyoshi teaches her the meaning of scat. Asako creates a fantasy of herself as Miyabi-san, a 26-year old housewife. However, if caught in the act, the fantastical world collapses only to be replaced by harsh reality.

I was worried that install was going to be an overly cute film due to its staring pop idol Ueto Aya and that it was written by a teenager, however, although it is not overly deep, it does bring up some interesting issues in this day and age when a large percentage of the worldâ??s population is wired to the Internet.
October 30, 2007
lol this was one weird ass movie.. lol
October 27, 2007
Movie about a 17 Yr.Old Highschool girl that doesnt know what to do with her life. She ends up meeting an elementary boy, then start an adult chatline. Very original movie. Made me think, what if I were in that particular position(not knowing what to do with myself)
½ October 22, 2007
very original :D
i was waiting for something to happen, but nothing did...
VERY DEEP MESSAGE!! a "must-think" movie ;) (that part was not as hard as i thought ;p).
you get to think and put yourself in the shoes of the character and then you ask yourself lots of questions :D. At the end, i was speechless coz i was just thinking about what just happened :)
dunno why, but anyway i did love the moral you can get from it and lets not forget the "weird" soundtrack <3
October 16, 2007
Quite amusing actually.
October 14, 2007
this was too weird for me... little boy and a teenage girl... seems like they were just bored and the girl didn't know what to do with her life.
½ September 7, 2007
Odd little vehicle for J-Idol Aya Ueto. The premise seems surprisingly sordid: bored teenage girl meets bored elementary school boy and the two start up an adult internet chat line in his closet for money and kicks. They have frank discussions about sex and he even gropes her. Like I said, it SEEMS sordid but the film itself has a very whimsical and light feel to it. There's nothing dark or intense about it at all. Which means the story is not very thought-provoking kind of forgettable but I actually found the relationship between the girl and boy kind of interesting to watch waiting to see where they were going with it.
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