I watched this film with my best friend. An outrageously splattery clip posted on YouTube - a grisly school bus massacre, with all but one of the occupants sliced in half by a supernatural wind - originally piqued my interest in Tag, but for some reason it has taken me three years to get around to finding and watching the whole movie. I highly recommend you watch it at least twice. Another homeroom teacher, who has just killed her own entire class, finds and kills Taeko and Sur. It was weird from the beginning and until the end I can say that I lost some brain cells trying to understand what was happening. It's almost like being on a rollercoaster, it starts slow and picks up a lot of speed, slows down and before you know it, you're in the loop de loop.
I'm not a fan of Japanese movies, so let's be clear on this from the beginning. When the relative calm of a brief opening idyll explodes in grisly mayhem, we understand no more than Mitsuko herself, and from there we tumble with her, bouncing repeatedly from confusion to carnage and back again. But the problem is that he just seems to want to be original for the sake of it, and doing so, ends repeating himself quite a bit. Aki tells her to focus and remember that although she is both Keiko and Izumi in these scenarios, she is ultimately Mitsuko. I'm unsatisfied with the dialogue trying to give a meaningful line. In each scenario, she is supported by a version of her friend Aki, who either readies her for combat or distracts her attackers, made up of the groom and the two homeroom teachers from before. I think the novel version tells a lot than the movie version.
Sion Sono's version has targets female high school students rather than people with the family name of Sato. The sole survivor of this strange and bloody event is Mitsuko, who runs down the road in a state of shock pursued by the wind, which also bisects anyone that the poor girl meets along the way. Aki reassures her that it was just a nightmare and proposes that they all cut class and go to the woods to cheer her up. This is going to be an awesome movie! The old man tells her that the final stage is the fulfillment of his deepest wish and he tells her to succumb to her destiny. When Mitsuko wakes up, she finds herself in a game. After watching this film, It made me more curious and I want to read the original story of the novel this film was based. Instead she's a blank and rather sleepy slate, and we drop into her ordinary schoolgirl's day in stereotypical media res.
I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for bugged-out existential thrillers in which the fundamental nature of reality is called into question, so I found Tag's shifting, looping, self-sabotaging storyline quite intriguing. A younger version of the old man appears beside a bed and strips down, beckoning her to come to bed with him. Mitsuko then realizes that the men will start the game again and kills herself at the beginning of the game in order to break the loop. We're given little opportunity to know Mitsuko, as Tag provides us no access to her past or inner life. I never would have seen this movie or known of it's existence without my kids. After when she goes to school, she realizes she does not know anyone in the school. This happens in the first 10 minutes of the movie.
Women, yes, because well, you will notice quite soon that men are not ones to be seen around a lot in this movie. We can see in this film the appearance of skirt under white pants which is the classic of Japanese films. Girls fighting each other and killing each other in brutal ways? It made me curious to watch this film because of the cute chick plus the gory scene in the trailer. Before she can fire another round, Sur and Taeko burst in, grab Mitsuko, and the three hide. Message the mods so it can be removed. It's hard to judge this somewhat dark Japanese import because at times it just seems a disjointed mess of violent scenes without any direction, without any meaning, or purpose kind such as M. After recounting her story, Mitsuko and pals decide to skip class and go to the lake, where they have a pillow fight and tell a story which involves a crocodile hungrily snapping at the crotch of one of the girls.
The girls happily return to school. Don't ask me, I haven't a clue. Many will doubtless feel cheated by the elliptical resolution, but as far as I'm concerned, the thrill of the ride more than justifies the price of admission. This school is not her school and her friends are not her friends. It's a movie made in Japan. From the top notch direction, to the superb acting, to the deep scripts, to the gorgeous cinematography, to the great effects. Well, I must be totally honest here, asides from all the pantie and bra flashes which were erotically evocative for me, there's just no other worthwhile substance to these movies that would lead me to give it a higher rating than 3 stars, and only because of all the sexually suggestive undergarments and skin shown here.
By way of example, the Keiko character's wedding could be a fighting scene at the end of The Matrix's derivation. Japan, such a wonderful country with a rich history, makes some of the most absurdist movies on the planet. While some of the movies are creative and entertaining, being weird for weird's sake isn't always a good thing. You could make a strong case for it being very incoherent, but you could also argue the opposite. Finding herself once again in the beginning of each of the three game scenarios, she simultaneously commits suicide on the bus, at the wedding chapel, and during the marathon before any of the violent scenarios can begin. It was released in Japan on July 11, 2015. It is disconnected beyond its useful purpose, but parades around arguably able to arouse sympathy and separately speak volume on our psychological individual and societal brink of breakdown.
He proves showy, self-indulgent, eager to please the crowd and even uses questionable short-cuts instead of going deeper into the surreal, suspenseful and sublime narrative. Good premise, tho I've seen this plot in other movies, can't name them cause I'd spoil too much, so I'll try to explain why I disliked it without giving the idea away. If you can skip this film, go ahead and do it, you won't loose nothing. The remaining girls are then sliced apart by a gust of wind. Each of the scenarios she encountered is a different world, and to reach the final one, Aki tells her that Mitsuko must brutally kill her. I enjoy looking at his movies, but from a distance, and like for 5 minutes, when I notice there is no plot to hold the visuals.
It's probably stuck in the spam filter. Otherwise, it's different from other movies and worth your time I would say. The three leads who play the same persona are very well cast and effective in edging us into our seats. Leaving out all his religious symbols and passion for underwear, that come up in all of his movies or at least in all I have seen , he ends just being a marvelous director in terms of camera-work, scenery, original shots, etc etc, and horrible in the plot department. He has recently been downgrading his own reputation on purpose it seems, but he still has a reputation and this film finally tries to upkeep it.
Was it worth the wait? Like everyone said the film opening was fantastic, amaze, wonderful,. As I mentioned at the beginning, the film is not very good quality, but it contains a solid criticism. Given that the novel in question recently spawned not only a successful screen adaptation but an entire, ongoing film franchise, it might seem strange that a celebrated art-house iconoclast would so soon choose to pay it another visit. A dude in a pig mask? Night Shyamalan less than well received The Happening 2008 or the better received performance of Jim Carrey's dream sequence from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004. But, there has to be a point right? Urged on by Aki, Mitsuko reluctantly kills her and a portal opens up before her.