Baka no hakobune (No One's Ark) (2003)





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This low-budget independent film from Japan directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita (Hazy Life) is a wry satire on the bursting of Japan's economic bubble. Hiroshi Yamamoto and Tomoko Kotera play Daisuke and Hisako, a young couple who, having fallen deep into debt trying to market a health drink they invented called Akajiro, travel from Tokyo to the small island town where Daisuke's family lives to try to start over. While Daisuke's father tries to get him to give up on the foul-tasting stuff and get a job to pay off his debts, the couple's lives become further complicated by Daisuke's old high school friend Ozaki (Takeshi Yamamoto) -- who runs a grocery store with his father and won't even stock his old friend's product -- and Madoka (Yuko Hosoe), Daisuke's old flame, who now plies the world's oldest profession at the "Tracy Lords Massage Parlor." Much of the plot -- and humor -- revolves around the conflict between Daisuke's stubbornness and bad judgment and Hisako's practical determination to succeed. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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A young couple tries to peddle their awful health drink, and problems arise between them. This is closer to the zany Yamashita of Matsugane Potshot Affair than the sweet Yamashita of Linda Linda Linda and Gentle Breeze in the Village. Or maybe somewhere in the middle. The film is never laugh-out-loud funny, but there are amusing moments (and a couple of strange ones). It's interesting to see how these kids interact with each other, even though Daisuke is quite a douchebag. I'd have a hard time thinking of a situation to recommend this movie, but it's not too bad.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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