Monday, 1 October 2007

Matsugane Ransha Jiken

English Title: The Matsugane Potshot Affair
Director: Yamashita Nobuhiro
Country: Japan

In the small town of Matsugane, a young woman is involved in a hit-and-run. Her mysterious arrival is one of only a few secrets that people in the town have to hide, and personal relationships are strained as they all slowly unravel, with polar opposite twin brothers Kotaro (Hirofumi Arai) and Hikaru (Takashi Yamanaka) right in the middle of it all.

This was a great idiosyncratic comedy that also mixes in drama and crime in healthy doses. You can't help but laugh at the situations in which all the characters find themselves, some of which descend into farce. Both Kotaro and Hikaru are both memorable characters who both have a few problems but act as if they're fine, fueling most of the movie's events. I guess you could also call it a mystery, as the meaning of the film's title does not become apparent until the very end.

This one was a treat to watch, and I recommend it to comedy fans and those who are interested in Japanese culture.

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