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Dear Readers, this is a tough one!
The fact that Mr Park Chan-wook himself commented on this movie makes things that much harder! And so I am going to go a bit soft on this movie! I will always have a soft spot for Mr Park and if a movie caught his attention, it’s gotta be great, right?
Well, that part is on the money! This is one great drama! But I am not here talking about this because of its quality! I am here to talk about the gayness and that part of this story dear Readers, is not so great…or is it?
Frag-time is an upcoming animated movie based on a two-volume manga about a girl who can stop time for 3 minutes. Little does she know that there is another girl, one of her classmates, that is not affected by the abnormality.
I am so interested in this movie and its concept and I can’t wait for it to hit shelves. Sadly, that is a long wait away as it hasn’t even come out in cinemas yet! But what I am not going to do is read the manga before I watch the movie. I’ve learned my lesson quite a lot in that aspect. I have come to understand that it is better to get to adaptations first before going into the source material, unless of course there is no choice and you have already been acquainted with the source long before the adaptation.
The concept first of all, is intriguing in and of itself. A girl that stops time and there is another that is unaffected! Both having a crush on each other! Basically, they are spending those three minutes in a world of their own with no one else in it! And better yet, they are spending it wisely (read, looking under other girls’ skirts and all such), going on dates and basically doing whatever they would never do in front of other people!
I’m really intrigued!
And I haven’t read the manga like I said but this promises to be an actual to goodness pure yuri movie! I haven’t gotten that from Japan in a long while! Least of all one that might end on a happy note (if you have read the manga, don’t you dare!!)
Anyway, watch the trailer and more caps after the jump.
If you have watched Terminator Dark Fate and you don’t ship Dani and Grace, dear Reader, I am disappoint!
There are few directors from whom you know what you are going to get and one of them is famous Japanese director Sion Sono. With over 50 projects under his belt, and those being just movies without including TV Series and other segments, he is one that you know will deliver and that you will not help but enjoy what he does.
Also expect to be majorly disturbed!
With the likes of Love Exposure, Tokyo Vampire Hotel, Himizu, Suicide Club, Exte and Antiporno, to mention but a few, he has already established his language and place in Cinema! No matter where you are, if you are into Foreign cinema, chances are that you have watched at least one of his movies.
His latest entry, THE FOREST OF LOVE, has his signature all over it! Unlike Hollywood, Japan gives their directors full control so even if this new entry in Mr. Sion Sono’s rap sheet is a NETFLIX original, you will be hard pressed to find any differences, as in benefits of releasing a Netflix exclusive film. Lover Exposure is already over 3 hours so this movie being 2h30m is no shock. Now of course Japanese movies are usually capping out at 1h50m so you could say maybe Netflix helped him out in runtime but I doubt it.
Twists, length, rawness, these are some things you expect in almost all of Sion Sono’ movies. But there is something else too, yuri! Some of his movies usually have yuri so even if I don’t see any in the trailers, I always check out his movies because there is almost usually a surprise in there.
Such surprise is the case in THE FOREST OF LOVE.
I have to say, you surprised me dear movie!
You obviously did not go the whole mile but the effort is worth the praise. And really, I guess I have to say that what you ended up going with is more impactful than what we will all be wishing for after watching you so yeah, good on you!