||[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.
2 Japanese actresses under one company compete for a role in an upcoming film.
There can be only one.
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.
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.