Sunday, July 20, 2008

Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers (Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu/亀は意外と速く泳ぐ-2005)

Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers
Juri Ueno ... Suzume Katakura
Yu Aoi ... Kujaku Ogitani
Ryo Iwamatsu ... Shizuo Kugitani
Eri Fuse ... Etsuko Kugitani
Jun Kaname ... Kato
Masato Ibu ... Nakanishi
Shunsuke Matsuoka ... Nirayama
Yutaka Matsushige ... Ramen Chef
Kenji Mizuhashi ... Policeman
Yoichi Nukumizu ... Barber
Kyusaku Shimada ... Fukushima
Vincent Giry
Yasuhito Hida
Yoshiyuki Morishita
Toshifumi Muramatsu
Nobuto Okamoto

Suzume Katagura is an ordinary housewife.Her husband has been sent overseas on business, and although he phones her regularly, he is more concerned with the health and welfare of his pet turtle. The days pass by monotonously… It is as though no one pays her any attention – even her husband. “Does anyone notice me? Will I just get old, and die?” These thoughts scare Suzume… The ordinariness of her life is interrupted one day when she spots a flier in the stairwell advertising for spies! Intrigued, Suzume phones the number. Three days later, Suzume is instructed to go to a run down apartment. She is greeted by a man and a woman – he is unemployed; she is a shopping mall announcer. They claim to be spies working for a foreign state. Just like Suzume, they are ordinary people with ordinary lives. The couple persuades Suzume to become a spy too. They virtually force the 5 million yen first mission fee on to Suzume, and so begins her life as a spy!

I was not liking this movie at all. I know some movies will start out slow but this just didn't really keep my interest. It bored the hell out of me. The only good parts of the whole thing was the segments with Kaname Jun. Oh that was fun. That gorgeous man with a bald head. I'll admit that was the only part out of the whole thing that made me laugh outloud. Just the picture in my head makes me giggle.

But in all, this movie wasn't worth a dime and a nickel. I was hoping for more since it was a Ueno Juri movie. That was sad..............

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