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Koppidoi Neko

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Rikiya Imaizumi’s delicious social comedy, Koppidoi Neko, follows the ups and downs of a set of relationships, all revealing unexpected twists and turns and laugh out loud moments. The different couples all ultimately revolve around Takada-san. Veteran TV character actor Fuyuki Moto gets to show his chops as the bewildered Takada, lonely heart soon-to-be-60-year old who manages to misinterpret the attentions of lovely sunaku hostess (Kazuha Komiya). As the plot leads to his sad 60th, a panoply of character actors get to chew into their roles with abandon through various subplots. The director himself even shows up in a hilarious bit as a fellow with terminal cancer. He pulls it off brilliantly. The denouement falls a little flat in its formal and plot tying up conceits, but beyond that the journey is a well-conceived trip through the hinterlands of the human soul. Dark and funny places are explored without fear. Though low budget, details of these middle class lives are carefully limned. The result is a brilliant first feature by a talent to watch.

Originally published in EL Magazine, August 2012.

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

August 1, 2012 at 4:53 am

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