A modern take on the classic fairytale, Alice in Wonderland, set in South East England.An American law student in London. Knocked down by a black cab, she wakes with amnesia in a world that's a million miles from home - Wonderland. We follow her adventures as she's dragged through an underworld filled with twisted individuals and the lowest low-lifers, by the enigmatic cab driver, Whitey. She needs to find out who she is, where she's from and use what wits she has left to get back home in one piece. As her journey progresses she discovers nothing is what it seems, realizes that fate and life are terminally entwined, and finds true love lurking in the unlikeliest place.
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Cigs J (nl) wrote: Japanese language with subtitlesDirector, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (who usually does horror). It is interesting to see a Japanese take on the fraught situation of the family bread winner losing his job. The film opens with 40-something Ryuhei, being made redundant from his administrative middle management job. The story then follows a fairly conventional story arc of denial, lying, desperation, disintegration and finally some kind of redemption. It centres on the Sasaki family who live in a modest home in Tokyo. There is Megumi, the dutiful wife who looks after the home and two teenage sons Takashi and Kenji. One of whom, Kenji , has an untapped talent for the piano whilst Takashi is hoping to join the army. Megumi is bored with her life, but duty prevents her from doing anything about it such as divorce. In one scene the older son asks her "Why don't you divorce him Mum?" but she just looks to the distance. Soon the family union unravels. Ryuhei visits the job center and just can't identify any unique skills, which is a typical problem of a middle aged manager anywhere. He doesn't tell his wife about losing his job and instead spends his days near the local food bank with all the other fully-suited and briefcased unemployed salary men just wasting their days away. He befriends a smartly dressed salary man who has been unemployed for months; his trick is to program his phone to ring every now and then and pretend to talk business loudly. He even gets Ryuhei to come home with him posing as a work colleague to convince his wife and daughter that all is ok. But just after the meal, the daughter secretly reveals to Ryuhei that they both know all about the ruse. Eventually Ryuhei accepts that he'll never be middle management again and takes on cleaning toilets in a shopping mall. A few weeks go by and he hears that his erstwhile friend has committed joint suicide with his wife - "He made her do it as well", a cleaning lady states.Meanwhile Kenji finds a piano teacher who recognises his raw talent but when his father finds out there is a violent altercation with Kenji ending up in hospital. In a later scene, a knife wielding burglar breaks into the house and ties up Megumi, but she find this exciting and decides to run off with him to the sea shore in a stolen car, they even have fumbled, clothed sex - but even the burglar is suicidal as he just wants his lock-smith business back and be an honest man. Things get from bad to worse for Ryuhei as he is knocked down by a car and left for dead on the side of the road, he is there overnight by which time he looks like a piece of litter covered in leaves.But Megumi comes back and he is none the wiser, his injuries heal and they both look on at Kenji as he completes his piano audition for a prestigious music school. So there is hope after all the despair.
A O (de) wrote: I love this movie. At first glance I thought it was going to be a sappy indie film. However, I discovered that there is more to this movie than meets the eye. It's really a diamond in the rough. It's funny and cute, and a true story. Some people might be put off by the unconventional way the film is shot, but I thought it was creative and very effective.
elostora e (de) wrote: catch my hear if you can
Marijn M (au) wrote: My first real bollywood movie. Shallow story but still funny and entertaining movie.
Max M (gb) wrote: Besides that this was the entry to torch and the blood the rest of it was no where near as good as the first one
Curtis H (ag) wrote: Well...its more bad than good. It just sort of happens. What can you say? A man put on probation by God because he saved a kid before he died. I guess that's nice...right?
Grayson D (ca) wrote: Great fun film, almost as if a carry on had decided to take on the literary classics. It was quite controversial at the time but mild now, still a classic though.