Isn’t Anyone Alive? (Sogo “Gakuryu” Ishii, 2011).
"With sharp, unconventional dialogue, Isn’t Anyone Alive? adaptsthe Shiro Maeda play of the same name in a darkly humorous and experimental film that is utterly and simplistically absurd in its premise – that had me thinking of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at times! – yet quite fascinating: set against the backdrop of an urban legend, students on a University campus start dropping like flies at different rates, most while in the midst of solving some pressing interpersonal issues. But what do those issues – or anything, for that matter – mean, when death is so imminent?” [via Spectacular Optical]
Ishii’s latest is not necessarily a film I would recommend, but it is nonetheless a fascinating, boldly nihilistic and absurdist subversion of narrative — what does a film become when it has no protagonist or meaning?
posted: 1 August 2012 @ 04:37
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