- Actors: Juri Ueno, Yû Aoi, Ryô Iwamatsu, Eri Fuse, Jun Kaname
- Directors: Miki Satoshi
- Format: PAL, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Third Window
- DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2009
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001MK9ZIA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,634 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers [DVD] (2005)
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Suzume Katakura is an ordinary housewife. Her husband has been sent overseas on business, and although he phones her regularly, he is more concerned with the heath and welfare of his pet turtle. The days pass monotonously; it is though no one pays her any attention, not even her husband. The ordinariness of her life is interrupted one day when she spots a flyer in a stairway advertising for spies. Intrigued, Suzume phones the number. Three days later she is instructed to go to a run down apartment. She is greeted by a man and woman, he is unemployed, she is a shopping mall announcer. They claim to be working for a foreign state, and just like Suzume they are ordinary people with ordinary lives. The couple persuade Suzume to become a secret agent too. They virtually force 5 million yen onto Suzume, and so begins her life as a spy!
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a nice, gentle comedy with surreal moments and hilarious flashbacks chucked in for good measure.
Suzume (the heavenly Juri Ueno) is a bored young housewife stuck at home with her husband's exotic turtle while he is working overseas.
One day she sees an stamp-sized advert for spies stuck to a lamp post.
Intrigued she calls the number on the ad and arranges to meet the spies at their HQ - a shabby flat.
The couple who live here are odd (I recognise them from the Jo Odagiri series "Time Limit Detective") and enlist her - forcing 5 million Yen into her hands for expenses.
What follows is a very funny, knockabout story of daft goings on and even stranger people.
Juri Ueno is perfect as the young housewife (19 when she made it, playing a 23 year old), and has a nice blend of looks and acting ability... as well as spot-on comic timing.
If you want a break from the Japanese ghost stories and the endless yakuza flicks try something less obvious - and buy this and put a smile on your face.
I give it 10/10 easy.
Now that we've both watched this DVD however, she has finally accepted the truth. Because unlike too many Korean films in which the so-called 'Comedy' is far too sadistic, the drama and romance are tacked on and unable to mesh with the rest of the film, this wonderful little movie flows like water from a fountain and everything blends together perfectly.
An ordinary housewife leading an ordinary life is recruited as a spy for a foreign power, precisely because she is so unremarkable. As a matter of fact, she is specifically ordered to be 'Inconspicuous' and to 'Keep a Low Profile.' So all of a sudden, her mundane existence becomes exciting in her own mind.
In short, it's not a question of how other people treat her, it is simply a matter of perspective.
The opening sequence of this film, showing the title credits and cartoons of her daily life as a 'Flip-Paper' animation practically deserves an award in itself. And after that, the mere sight of a turtle wearing a parachute is proof that Japanese comedy can rival that of any other nation in the world.Read more ›
I enjoyed it but I couldn't help asking myself if it would also have worked set in Bournemouth or Berlin. Well, possibly Berlin.
Other then that the film is fun, funny and a great insight on City life in Japan. The characters are well drawn and the film itself very well done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable quirky & amusing. Went in to it not really knowing what to expect, but was very glad to have bought it.Published 20 months ago by FuzzyWuzzy
I love this film. One of those quirky Japanes films that are so different from the formulaic Hollywood plot moviesPublished on 3 Oct. 2014 by Dr. Andrew Brown
I love this gentle, mad, endearing little film, full of surprises and that wonderful Japanese sense of humour that I have grown to love.Published on 1 April 2014 by Sterling
was looking forward to watching this theee film was just getting started when the subs stopped for no reason and they wont go on and its not all of it the first part was subbed and... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2010 by Ms. N. SABIR