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2LDK (2002) [May. 12th, 2005|09:30 am]

2LDK (2002) - IMDB

2LDK just hit the new release section of the local Blockbuster. That means it's everywhere in the United States.

Yukihiko Tsutsumi's dark comedy is part of a "Director Duel" with Ryuhei Kitamura, who did Aragami. From the special features, it sounded like they were using the same single-set format, but Kitamura's is a samurai showdown with multiple warriors. I'm interested in Kitamura's film.

2LDK Plot:

2 Japanese actresses under one company compete for a role in an upcoming film.

There can be only one.

Time to die.

The two, Lana (Maho Nonami) and Nozomi (Eiko Koike), room together in a Tokyo apartment.

Nozomi's the small-town quiet girl down the street. Lana is the big-city loud lady of the manor. Nozomi is a younger entry into the entertainment industry. She went through higher education. She is also highly organized. Lana, on the opposite, did not go through much education, and she describes Nozomi as "anal."

This odd couple goes to blows.

Apparently, from what was mentioned in the special features, the film was shot over a one week. The actresses both caught the flu while on location, and by their own statements, their tension actually built over the course of the week.

While I believe the tension, which looked genuine, I don't believe they really threw down as mentioned. They tried to sell that one, but the only real parts of the action seemed to be the egg-tossing and the slap-fest.

This one's worth watching just to see the two ladies go for the throat.

This link contains a spoiler.

General Impression:

It's basically hot chicks getting into a major fight in a posh Tokyo penthouse. The character buildup is slow, and a good portion is through dialogue.

I can believe that these ladies would let the blood simmer to a boil, but they really don't know how to fight, and that's the ridiculous part of it.

I also think the subconscious and under-breath mean shit they said was a tad lame. That's the foreign part of it, for me. I guess that's what makes women special in a bad way.

Note: The TLA Releasing version found in Blockbuster is a shitty transfer.

Dark-blotch-saturation, blurry images, and Y-chromosome plus American translation aside, it's worth a watch.


From: zboson
2005-05-12 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, M and I saw the trailer for this waaaaay back when we went to see... well, something or other. Perhaps Gozu. I can't remember. Something Japanese, at any rate.

Hm, probably Netflix has it by now, too... Who doesn't like to watch hot chicks fighting?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-12 02:11 pm (UTC)
They made it specifically clear on special features that it was marketed toward women.

As if hot chicks weren't going to be a draw from the Y part of the crowd.

The Japanese can be so droll.

I think women will understand the BS these two deal to each other before they actually let the temper flare.

The director seemed to take note that men would most likely be "horrified" at the events. That's not actually the case. Maybe Japanese men aren't necessarily used to seeing their ladies duke it out . . . I don't know.

For what seemed to be an indie project in Japan, this one surely did enough to keep me watching.
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From: zboson
2005-05-12 02:16 pm (UTC)
I like to watch hot chicks fighting.

Yes, and women can be so catty, sometimes you just want to hit them with a two-by-four.

In Japan, women are raised to be much more demure, which is why I think a lot of Japanese movies/books feature women who are evil/do evil things. There's a fear I think that all these years of oppression and submission has caused a monster to grow in women's hearts. I'm sure that's a Japanese male phobia. They are secretly afraid of women's strength. And I think probably a lot of Japanese women must have some kind of anger in them which is repressed. I like to see that explored.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-12 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you, this beats The Upside of Anger with a 2 x 4.
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