AKA: Kimyô na sâkasu
Directed by: Sion Sono
Starring: Masumi Miyazaki (Sayuri), Rie Kuwana (12-year-old Mitsuko), Hiroshi Oguchi (Gozo), Mai Takahashi (teenage Mitsuko), Issei Ishida (Yuji)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs); Effed Up Japanese Films
Genres: Surreal, Domestic Abuse, Teen-Childhood, Family, Old-Young Relationships, Mental Illness, Incest, Gruesome, Self-Harm, Scars, Captivity, Transsexual
Plot – Spoilers:
12-year-old Mitsuko has a vivid imagination and projects the shit she’s going through at home onto the very visual and lonely make-believe world she often slips into.
Dad is a sex fiend who sticks Mitsuko into a cello case and forces her to watch him fucking Mom. Mitsuko deals with this by believing she is turning into Mom, which makes what’s happening to her ok. Meanwhile, Mom is having her own version of make-believe fueled by jealousy and the sheer insanity of what’s going on at home.
Then the Japanese craziness that many of us love, takes over.
Can you be inside your own dream while being someone else?