Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu (Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected) Reviews

  • May 23, 2015

    Satoshi Miki hits a perfect balance in somehow conveying a pacey lonely-housewife-turned-spy story and a series of interesting larger-than-life characters in a very subtle and charming atmosphere. The film maintains good laughs throughout , aiming mostly for interesting and quirky dialogue, and it all leads to an unexpected and emotional ending that serves as great payoff; lingering in the mind long after the titles have gone up.

    Satoshi Miki hits a perfect balance in somehow conveying a pacey lonely-housewife-turned-spy story and a series of interesting larger-than-life characters in a very subtle and charming atmosphere. The film maintains good laughs throughout , aiming mostly for interesting and quirky dialogue, and it all leads to an unexpected and emotional ending that serves as great payoff; lingering in the mind long after the titles have gone up.

  • Jan 26, 2013

    The film is basically about a bored, neglected housewife wondering about her existence in the world and what decision is being made to change it in order to gain a sense of self worth that was lost along the way. However, the story was poorly executed, too subtle and rather uneventful, it doesn't have a climax that we hope to see near the end and really didn't go anywhere. It felt overly long despite its 90 minutes run time.

    The film is basically about a bored, neglected housewife wondering about her existence in the world and what decision is being made to change it in order to gain a sense of self worth that was lost along the way. However, the story was poorly executed, too subtle and rather uneventful, it doesn't have a climax that we hope to see near the end and really didn't go anywhere. It felt overly long despite its 90 minutes run time.

  • Dec 15, 2012

    Quite funny absurdist comedy about making decisions and fighting The samey face of everyday life, with spies, ramen and lot of madness. Juri Ueno in her usual part of comical streamer of consciousness.

    Quite funny absurdist comedy about making decisions and fighting The samey face of everyday life, with spies, ramen and lot of madness. Juri Ueno in her usual part of comical streamer of consciousness.

  • Nov 26, 2012

    Just wana keep up with my Japanese language, and never expect much about it. The story is never sense making, but I enjoyed the Japanese jokes. A good one to watch to catch up Japanese language. Could be a waste of time if otherwise

    Just wana keep up with my Japanese language, and never expect much about it. The story is never sense making, but I enjoyed the Japanese jokes. A good one to watch to catch up Japanese language. Could be a waste of time if otherwise

  • Apr 02, 2012

    "Is someone bending a spring?" "Sorry!" Love the dialogue. The whole movie is a bit deranged, you have to like this sort of thing. If you think Steve Martin or Jim Carrey are funny, then this is not for you, I guess. Definitely worth watching. (Btw, the English subtitled version is more commonly referred to as 'Turtles are surprisingly fast swimmers')

    "Is someone bending a spring?" "Sorry!" Love the dialogue. The whole movie is a bit deranged, you have to like this sort of thing. If you think Steve Martin or Jim Carrey are funny, then this is not for you, I guess. Definitely worth watching. (Btw, the English subtitled version is more commonly referred to as 'Turtles are surprisingly fast swimmers')

  • JY S Super Reviewer
    Oct 09, 2011

    In a nutshell, Satoshi Miki's <i>Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected</i> does enough to be an enjoyable sit through.<p>The plot is light and mysterious, although not mysterious in a suspenseful sort of way; more like, with a story about an average housewife becoming a spy, where is this story going sort of way. As for the pacing of this 90 minute production, it is moderate as to leave things unexciting, but never boring.</p><p>Part of this film is billed as a comedy and it does have some laughs. The quirky humor blends in at the appropriate times; however, there never seems to be enough of it. That's where the drama portion of this picture comes in to play. The spy aspect of the story is also somewhat of a mislead, because other than a piece of it's finale, it never comes across as a typical spy flick at all.</p><p>Juri Ueno has that allure around her that ends up as nice fit with the road this film goes down. Aoi Yu is quite the delight, although under-utilized. Ryo Iwamatsu and Eri Fuse provide good supporting characters.</p><p>Despite the lack of memorable events <i>Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected</i> still winds up as a pleasant viewing. "Azuki Panada chan~"

    In a nutshell, Satoshi Miki's <i>Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected</i> does enough to be an enjoyable sit through.<p>The plot is light and mysterious, although not mysterious in a suspenseful sort of way; more like, with a story about an average housewife becoming a spy, where is this story going sort of way. As for the pacing of this 90 minute production, it is moderate as to leave things unexciting, but never boring.</p><p>Part of this film is billed as a comedy and it does have some laughs. The quirky humor blends in at the appropriate times; however, there never seems to be enough of it. That's where the drama portion of this picture comes in to play. The spy aspect of the story is also somewhat of a mislead, because other than a piece of it's finale, it never comes across as a typical spy flick at all.</p><p>Juri Ueno has that allure around her that ends up as nice fit with the road this film goes down. Aoi Yu is quite the delight, although under-utilized. Ryo Iwamatsu and Eri Fuse provide good supporting characters.</p><p>Despite the lack of memorable events <i>Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected</i> still winds up as a pleasant viewing. "Azuki Panada chan~"

  • May 04, 2011

    Ordinary girl with an ordinary life wants to do something a bit more exciting so she decides to become a spy. She meets various kooky characters and that's about it plot wise. While this is movie is full of wacky humour, you'll be smiling through this movie rather than laughing.

    Ordinary girl with an ordinary life wants to do something a bit more exciting so she decides to become a spy. She meets various kooky characters and that's about it plot wise. While this is movie is full of wacky humour, you'll be smiling through this movie rather than laughing.

  • scott g Super Reviewer
    Dec 29, 2010

    yo aoi is a great watch here as a bored housewife, who at times comes off as a amelie like charactor, going about her life, imagineing things and looking at her life, its when shes recruited by some agents to become a spy , a very low key spy at that, and her tasks and training begin, within this her relationship wioth her more outgoing friend cooming into play, as some people may know, japanes comedy isnt laugh out loud funny especially to westerners, but thats a small part to it, its observations on her life are much better, and the story goes places, it comes off rather well, it looks great, and knows what it wants to be, a great asian film for someone wanting something a bit diferent

    yo aoi is a great watch here as a bored housewife, who at times comes off as a amelie like charactor, going about her life, imagineing things and looking at her life, its when shes recruited by some agents to become a spy , a very low key spy at that, and her tasks and training begin, within this her relationship wioth her more outgoing friend cooming into play, as some people may know, japanes comedy isnt laugh out loud funny especially to westerners, but thats a small part to it, its observations on her life are much better, and the story goes places, it comes off rather well, it looks great, and knows what it wants to be, a great asian film for someone wanting something a bit diferent

  • Oct 04, 2010

    An eccentric comedy that is heavily indebted to Amelie, from the heroine’s penchant for whimsical preoccupations to the director’s taste for incidental vignettes and obsession with the colour green. There are some very humorous and original set pieces (the agent’s attempt to erase Suzume’s memory is hilarious) an endearing allegory about being ordinary in modern society and some intriguing support characters, but these elements seem to outweigh the main story rather than serve it. As such, Suzume’s personal journey feels a little incomplete. Never the less, it is still good fun.

    An eccentric comedy that is heavily indebted to Amelie, from the heroine’s penchant for whimsical preoccupations to the director’s taste for incidental vignettes and obsession with the colour green. There are some very humorous and original set pieces (the agent’s attempt to erase Suzume’s memory is hilarious) an endearing allegory about being ordinary in modern society and some intriguing support characters, but these elements seem to outweigh the main story rather than serve it. As such, Suzume’s personal journey feels a little incomplete. Never the less, it is still good fun.

  • Nicki M Super Reviewer
    Apr 04, 2010

    This was advertised as a comedy, so I expected it to be funnier than it was, (though it was funny in places). Story is kind of strange, about a girl who gets hired to be a spy as she is so ordinary, but never has to actually do anything much. Was definitely better in it's first half and drags more as the unsatisfactory end comes nearer. Not a bad film, but could have been better.

    This was advertised as a comedy, so I expected it to be funnier than it was, (though it was funny in places). Story is kind of strange, about a girl who gets hired to be a spy as she is so ordinary, but never has to actually do anything much. Was definitely better in it's first half and drags more as the unsatisfactory end comes nearer. Not a bad film, but could have been better.