4. Survive Style 5+ / Gen Sekiguchi
Knowing it came from a famous japanese advertisement director, the crazy 2 hour eye-candy that is Survive Style 5+ didn’t feel all that surprising. With a bunch of different puzzling characters crossing each other’s paths through bizarre situations, the writing felt rather conventional. The stories weren’t all consistent. Yoko’s was by far the least developed of all, despite providing an entertaining look into Japan’s advertisement business. My two favourites were definitely the story of the undying wife and the bird-father. The hypnotized father who thinks he’s a bird did lead to some pretty corny speeches but had a lot of charm. The undying wife was the most spectacular and the most interesting, probably because of the absence of any dialogue between the couple and their crazy house. The gay robbers also provided a lot of funny material. I was a little disappointed because the whole thing felt very ‘safe’. Sekiguchi really masters his art but lacks in originality and in the end, his movie felt too technical.