Survive Style 5+ (2004)
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One of strangest, most profound, silly, touching, surreal, lovable, funny and oddly soothing films I've ever seen. It will be hard to knock this out of my top 10. Just submit to the power of the film and finish it in one sitting. You never know where it's going to go, just know you'll be glad when you do.
I loved this movie, Its bizzare tone stylishness hilarious moments oh and its fantastic ending and it has an emotional undercurrent & some underlying concepts and after all What's Your Function In Life? ha ha
I guess a movie like SS5+ bases it's whole appeal on how unpredictable it can be, that is not a bad thing per se, but not only a film needs to have something more than just that, there certainly exist levels of creativiy in running a experiment like that. SS5+ attempts to be this all fun demential collection of gags, all trown in different directions, hoping something will stick. Some do: your average japanese salary man thinking he's a bird after being hipnotized, Tadanobu Asano killing, and eventually facing the resurrected body of his psycho wife again and again. But there are others that not only doesn't work, it feel like just half baked lazy ideas the director trow in, like a woman working on promotional ads that thinks she is brighter and funnier than she really is, or 3 goofy house robbers that have a "brokeback mountain" thing going on betwen two of them. I'm very much on favor of films that try to break conventional movie-making rules in favor in something unique, as long as they do know what they're doing. There are plenty of examples of films that have managed to succed in doing that (Seijun Suzuki's Branded to Kill, Takashi Miike's Gozu, Thai flick Tears of the Black Tiger) SS5+ might had sound great on paper, but on screen it feels way too missmatched to actually consider it a full film and not just a collection of one-trick-pony gags. Yeah, i know what you're thinking "how can a film with Vinnie Jones, Tadanobu Asano and Sonny Chiba fails to be rad and actually become very dull?" Believe me, i was asking the same thing to myself.
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