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Adrift in Tokyo [DVD]
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Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a university student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long as Fumiya agrees to walk with him across Tokyo to the police station of Kasumigaseki, where he intends to turn himself in for a crime he deeply regrets. Not having much choice, Fumiya accepts the deal. Thus begins their journey which will lead them to various unusual encounters, most of all with themselves. Based on the original novel by Naoki Prize winner Yoshinaga Fujita comes a fascinating, humorous and wildly clever film that is sure to charm you. With his trusty companion Endo (Matsuo Suzuki - Robogeisha ) in tow, he sets off on a quest for the elusive insect and along the way meets the mysterious Sayoko (Rinko Kikuchi - Norwegian Wood ), a former dominatrix and habitual wrist-cutter who delights in rubbing wasabi into her wounds, as well as a pudgy gang boss yearning for a new life and his trusty assistant, an over-the-top Yakuza (both played by Miki Satoshi regulars Ryo Iwamatsu and Eri Fuse).
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The two principal characters in this affair seem to have just about nothing in common except their own particular weirdness, the one being co-opted by the other into taking a very extended stroll over various days through different parts of Tokyo.
Although it is not story driven, it nevertheless captures your attention by means of the two main characters, (a loan shark collector and his victim), and the very natural way they interact with each other and the constant change of neighbourhood that drifts through the whole film.
It is a finely nuanced film, and very well acted. It's also quite original in concept with a very restrained, unobtrusive style of direction. On the other hand, when all is said and done, it doesn't amount to all that much, and perhaps deserves 3 1/2 stars rather than 4. Still, as it's no doubt a quality product, I have erred on the side of generosity and given it 4 stars.
It's certainly entertaining and there are laughs to be had if you like Japanese comedy.
Now, I'm not going to spoil it by giving to much away, but I think some people will be touched but the sincerity of the film and how to people from different backgrounds can get along
I give this a Massave thumbs up, and recommend throughly.
It was also nice to see Kumiko Aso reprising her policewoman role from the TV series "Time Limit Detective" (which also starred Jo Odagir) - even wearing the same non-standard uniform and hat that she wore on TV... nice.
The comedy here comes more from the situations the two men find themselves in rather than the main characters themselves being weird or eccentric.
I go to Tokyo a lot on holiday and as they were walking through parts of the city I was mentally saying "been there", and also taking a note of places to see next time.
For me this is an easy 10/10.
Without giving too much away, Fumiya is an orphan. Abandoned by his parents when he was a baby he has never known what the concept of family is. Fukuhara has married but we learn that the marriage is not only loveless, but also childless. The film plays on the needs the two men have, one for a father and the other for a son. Not surprisingly, skeptical toleration turns into familial warmth as the pair go on an adventure.Read more ›
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Fantastically funny movie with characters who are instantly likeable from the get go. I absolutely adored this movie! One of those ones you don't want to end.Published 17 months ago by Evan