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Unique film with lots of talk and interesting visual style will please some and annoy others
Mamorou Oshii's mockumentary of food freeloaders is damn near impossible to see. For some reason the film has never really had any real release outside of Japan (some here on IMDb said it's played France). In weird way I kind of understand it. This is a very unique film in the truest sense of the word.
The film is told in a weird style of photo realistic animation fused with normal animation. Characters have no depth and are 2 dimensional. There is some live action bits mixed with other style. Some times it looks like Jibjab gone berserk. At other frequent times its static.
And then there is the dialog, or rather narration. Its a very heavy, very complex documentary style that tells us all about the various grifters we are seeing and the world they inhabit. Twenty minutes into the film I knew that I was in way over my head. I wasn't catching all the references , the details and the odd bits. yea I could follow what was going on but it was clear that I was hopelessly lost. Its the anime version of Prospero's Books.
Why hasn't this gotten any release outside of Japan? I don't think most non Japanese audiences wouldn't sit through it even most anime audiences wouldn't sit through it. Its not what you expect when you think of when you think animation.
I have no idea what I think of it. I'm going to have to watch it again to determine that.
For now know that it's a very strange very deliberate film. In its way its a masterpiece.
You want a unique film this is it...
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