(fr) wrote: Tomie: Replay Starring: Sakaya Yamaguchi, Yosuke Kubozuka, Masatoshi Matsuo, and Mai Hosho Director: Tomijiro Mitsuishi Yumi (Yamaguchi) receives her father's journal following his dissapearance, and she discovers that a name keeps coming up in it: Tomie. Meanwhile, Fumihito (Kubozuka) discovers that his best friend Takeshi (Matsuo) has become obsessed with a girl named Tomie. An accidental meeting between the two cause them to combine their efforts to locate this mysterious woman, but when they eventually do, they discover that Tomie (Hosho) is beauty and beast wrapped into one. After the first, awful "Tomie" movie, I almost didn't bother with this one. I'm glad I did, however, as this film is closer in tone and approach to the original Junji Ito "Tomie" stories, and it has some thoroughly scary moments in it. It also sheds some light on the character of "Tomie", giving her an almost sympathetic side. (I say "almost", because she is a monster, through and through.) For the unitiated (which is probably most readers out here), Tomie is a series of short comicbook horror stories by Japanese artist Junji Ito. They revolve around the terrors inflicted by a monstrous, female-appearing creature whose great beauty cause men who see her to fall in love with her, then become obsessed with her, and ultimately insane with jealousy. This last part causes them to go on homicidal rampages, killing their "rivals" for Tomie's love and ultimately Tomie herself so no one else can have her. Death only makes Tomie stronger, however, as not only is she reborn, but if her body has been dismembered, she may well rise from the dead more than once, so several of her can be walking around, spreading misery, at the same time. ("Replay" provides an interesting look at this, as well as spelling out a way to kill Tomie for good--it's something that I don't recall from the comic, but it's something that explains why she keeps coming back.) The film is not without its flaws, though. The frightening scenes (like when Yumi and Fumihito visit Takeshi's apartment, when Yumi's father resurfaces, and when Yumi finally comes face to face with Tomie) are seperated by stretches where the film feels like it is being performed by sleepwalkers. Oddly, Tomie feels like the most alive character in the entire film, because she is the only character that projects energy outside scenes of horror. Despite the extremely low-key acting, the movie never gets boring--there's a sense of tension and dread throughout from the opening scene to the very end. "Tomie" is a flawed film, but it captures the work of Junji Ito nicely. I think it's worth seeing, but it's not something you should put high on your list.
(fr) wrote: Wow, its one of those films you watched as a kid and thought was hilarious, and then you watch it again and just supremely sucks. Asian-stereotypes galore, almost all his dialogue leads to or entails some terrible puns.
(au) wrote: After working with Nol Coward on In Which We Serve (1942) and This Happy Breed (1944), director David Lean continued the collaboration with Coward by adapting his 1941 play of the same name. The result is a magical and hilarious fantasy which might be Lean's best film of that period, and it's got one or two scene stealing performances within. Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison), is writing a book about a criminal psychic, and as part of his research into this subject, he invites local medium Madame Arcati (Margaret Rutherford) to his home to conduct a s (C)ance, also in attendance are Charles' wife Ruth (Constance Cummings), his friend Dr. George Bradman (Hugh Wakefield) and his wife Violet (Joyce Carey). The s (C)ance is very eventful indeed, but matters are complicated after everyone goes home and Charles finds himself being able to see his late wife Elvira (Kay Hammond), who died years earlier before Charles remarried. Only Charles is able to see Elvira, and it drives Ruth to distraction too, believing Charles has gone made, but it ends up with Madame Arcati trying to find a way to fix this peculiar malady that's occured. It's a very funny film with some terrific dialogue throughout with Rutherford stealing absolutely every scene she's in with her dotty, eccentric turn, and Hammond making a funny turn as the troublesome spirit who's come back. Lean gets the best out of his cast, and it's beautifully shot in such lovely colour as well.
(ag) wrote: Movies these days usually dont interest me but this one I think, everyone needs to see. Simply put how the wealthy take advantage of us, break us by manipulating the stock market and its all legal it seems. A little terrorist action helps I'll bet.