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Starring Tadanobu Asano
Director Satoshi Isaka
Screen Format Full Screen
Audio Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles English, Japanese
Year 1996
Running Time 73 Minutes
Genre Japanese Movie
Version  Japan
PAX-Code PAX0000640628
Catalog No.  AEBD-10007
Item Code  4988126200077

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andreaco (3) on 01, Apr. 2010 06:05 (HKT)
An early Tadanobu Asano film well worth checking out!
A short film by Satoshi Isaka is a direct and to-the-point media-commentary thriller. A sleazy TV producer trying to exploit a quiet otaku (an obsessive hobbyist) Kanemura played by Tadanobu Asano whose hobby is electronic eavesdropping ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for. When they listen in on the wrong conversation and he prods Kanemura into helping him investigate the lead on a supposed gun in a subway station locker, only to find out that some things (and people) are not always as they seem and a minor altercation causes things to take a rather nasty turn....
In a relatively quiet, but brutally direct way, this movie is an excellent criticism of the trend towards "reality shows" and "reality news," and how both tend to sensationalize violence and danger and exploit ordinary people in the service of "entertainment." Adding to its power and feel of authenticity is the fact that it was shot entirely from the perspective of the cinematographer, who also plays the occasionally heard (but never seen) camera man. No sensationalizing; just a brilliant, powerful movie.
Excellent performances all around, but a special mention for Tadanobu Asano, who gives an outstanding performance as the beleaguered otaku, and demonstrates why he is one of Japan's best and most sought-after actors.
The English subtitled dvd release is not widescreen, but considering the premise and perspective, the original probably wasn't and shouldn't been. It doesn't have hardly any extras but does feature an audio commentary with the Director Satoshi Isaka that runs the entire length of the movie if switched on although no subtitles exist for it so if you do not know Japanese you will not understand. It is ashame that it couldn't have been a sit down interview instead because with such an intriguing movie I sure Mr. Isaka could have provided some really good insight about it. I really loved this movie and give it the highest rating. I was completely sucked into the drama of the story and when it ended all I wanted was more. Highly recommended!
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