Sunday, 24 March 2013

Shock labyrinth (2009)

It's all Fun and Games:

it's a no Brainier

The films main narrative structure seems to be caught in a constant loop of cause and effect, how the characters cause instants to occur and how their action effect the overall picture.each characters blames themselves for their past which involves the disappearance of Yuri and their logic seems to be ever misunderstood or misread by their own logic because they are looking at their own lives through a child prospective. the reasoning behind the girl being left behind does not make sense and neither does the the reasoning for the children wondering in to the abandoned building which seems to have a alluring atmosphere. the camera work was interesting and with 3D movies being ever so more popular it is amazing to see japan also making movies in this way like there counterpart america. the director Takashi Shimizu also is responsible for the Tormented (Rabbit Horror 3D) 2011 and the Ring is being rebooted into 3D form. Shock Labyrinth is nothing like Ju-on because it is 3D film the imagery is crisp and clear but in Ju-on the camera work is a little grainy or like a handheld camera to get a more realistic effect. the symbolization of the rabbit is interesting because it reflects on the adults lost innocence and at the same time it is a entity that is feared greatly by the adult because it represents the mistakes that they have made. but the building that the children/adults are in is a place where time doesn't seem to follow in a natural order but instead the bleed into each other in an eternal loop. the film is not a Horror but instead it is like a dream that turns into a nightmare at the end; the building that they are in has many different statues that come to live and the question is it all real or a made up dream that one boy has to keep himself from feeling guilty. the monster or ghosts are like dolls and this reminds me of Doll Master (2004) with is a Korean film but the convection of dolls coming to life or human becoming dolls are similar. both films are about being abandoned, maybe Takeashi Shimizu was inspired by the Korean film, that would explain the whole concept of the dolls, the most interesting character in the film was Yuri accuser She was the cause of the situation but even she was a complicated character and her relevance was misunderstood. The dolls symbolize in a way the fragile state that Yuri is in,the film also refers to mental health issues that Ken has.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Go Find a Psychic! (2009)

Dreams can come true...

Esper's, Aliens and Time-travelers ??!

Go Find a psychic is a film which tries to explain unexplained Phoenicia's like UFO's and Esper's or psychic's. In the first instance of the film , our main character see's a UFO and the film questions her logic therefore after. Is Yone Sakurai delusion over a childish memories which may be misunderstood or did She really witness something unexplained? The whole film surrounds Yone's belief that She saw a UFO, other characters including reports, television crew or the general public are separated into two group, believers and none believer in the supernal. There was nothing over expressed throughout the film, the television sides to the film was set out like a really television set and the off set scene's where set out like everyday in japan so when the audience is introduced to the character with special abilities. there is no real dramatic pause or change in the narrative follow ( the characters are normal human beings who happen to have special powers). Kanda is the one who walks out of the street into the Esper bar but the thing which is a little confusing is if you don't want people to know you are a Esper why put a sign outside announcing it to the world ?? Kanda spend more time in  the film with the Espers than Yone does, She explore the city while Kanda fools the Espers into showing him their powers and the becoming a little bit trapped. Yone spends the day interviewing psychotic individual's who believe that they posses special powers ??? so by the time she arrives at the cafe she is already filled with a appointed feeling.  basically throughout the film Yone works really hard to find what she is looking g for and she proves to herself that the is more to life than what you can see. She follows Her dream of discovering the unexplained and she achieves her goal. The Espers want to not be discovered because they want simple lives but when the discover what it means to Yone their attitude change. the film end with a UFO visiting Japan :)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Mitsuko Delivers (2011)

Just take the pickle for the love of Mitsuko ??

Everything is just really really cool...........

Mitsuko Delivers is full of drunk logic and awkward moments: the whole film is full of question and no answers; what does Mitsuko Delivers apart from a baby. the conclusion is a bunch of questions on society and peoples attitudes about pregnancy or even women on a whole. We see Mitsuko as a young girl and a pregnant adult so that that We gain an insight into why She is the person She has developed into. Mitsuko is not influenced By Her parent but instead a stranger whom She  Starts calling grandma, now the reason I mention that it is a film about society is that the characters are not be like or hated but instead there is a big difference in the strengths between characters. you have the individuals that run away from the problems and the individuals that stand and fight; Now Mitsuko is one of the characters that stands and fights for what She believes in until the end of the film when She goes into labor. The film show the strength of women whether they are young or old; the film also questions the generational gap throughout society and the difference in attitudes and Mitsuko's grandma teaches Her a lot about life which develops Mituko's overall character for the better. Basically Her grandma teaches Her not to runaway from her problems and stand and fight, The effects of Mitsuko's attitude benefit everyone for the better even though some individual seem psychotic at time the overall message is trying to portray a positiveness message. the film is not main stream, it is art-house, exploitation or even a feminist film; even though the main character is pregnant , it is not not about pregnancy but rather about life and death with the journey in-between. 

Life is what you make it, I am going to make it. No matter what it takes, we gonna take it.