29th July - Survive Style 5+
My internet’s down, so I have very little to explain who, what and why Survive Style 5 is although something tells me that I would’ve struggled to explain Survive Style 5 anyway.
It’s a film that follows five totally different stories that gradually and rather accidentally begin to collide, there’s a family who’s father thinks he’s a bird after a famous stage hypnotist died mid-hypnotism, a vagrant who murders his wife only to find her alive and gunning for revenge every single time, an copywriter who records her absolutely atrocious advertisement ideas onto a Dictaphone, a trio of robbers who are on a relatively unsuccessful crime spree and a neurotic British hitman (Vinnie Jones!) paired up with a Japanese hitman who connect these seemingly unrelated stories through garish theatrical violence.
Survive Style 5 is a sublime melting-pot of horror, hilarity (more from its fun-house action sequences and ridiculously colourful art design than its ‘comedic’ characters) and honest to God drama. Its odd bite-size vignettes exploding with colour are unexpected considering director Gen Sekiguchi’s background in advertising but Sekiguchi manages to pack Survive Style 5 with a suprisingly emotional punch too!
It’s hard not to like Survive Style 5, its got a sense of humour about itself that makes its art-house aesthetics fun rater than unforgivably pretentious. It’s a conversation piece that begs to be seen by post-modern film enthusiasts, kung-fu fanatics, Japanophiles, intrepid explorers of the weird and anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
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