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A Japanese man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Soon the imprisoned man is engaged in absurd and hilarious attempts to escape the gleaming room, releasing random objects from the walls, creating a life sized mouse trap game in which a rope, a toilet plunger and an earthenware jug full of sushi might just be the keys to his escape. Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match.
SYMBOL WILL FUCK YOU UP, between the two extremely juxtaposed story lines, the mexican wrestler, and the japanese man stuck in a white room with baby fucking angel dicks, yes baby angel dicks, you will begin to question the role that each scene and action represents. Symbol demands that you question every object which pops unopposed into the white room with each tug of a small angel's reproductive organ. There is a lawn chair, a bonsai tree, and chopsticks. The mexican storyline, which takes place in the present leads the viewer inexplicably on a path for most of the film before finally intertwining back with the japanese man's story. The denouement is odd, extremely odd, but however frustrating Symbol is, it's even more entertaining.
Possibly one of the more unique and dazzling Japanese films I've seen in recent memory.
I had a similar idea for a film called "Adam West is Trapped in a Room" that would feature West growing as a human being through a kind of solo Insight Therapy session. I even called up Adam West's agent at the time (Tom Chasin) in a nervous, fumbling, long distance phone call to see if Adam did far-out art features like I had envisaged in my head. He said it would basically be up to me to guarantee funding for this picture and to attempt to attach Adam then, but I think his question: "How did you get this number?" said volumes about his enthusiasm for the idea and his faith in me.
In the end I never got round to writing it because I fell out of faith and love with Insight Therapy as a psychological treatment.
"Idol of the children, the invulnerable warrior and protector of Mexican wrestling, Escargot Man!" - Ring Announcer
After catching 'Man of Steel' last week I thought I'd have to go years before witnessing something so overloaded with phallic imagery... boy was I wrong
Impossible to summarize the plot of this surreal dreamlike oddity. Its a day-glo, videodelic, Gilliam-like Kafkaesque nightmare. Imagine 'Metamorphosis' only if Gregor Samsa had awoke as a cartoon/anime character instead of a bug. Then ran himself off the page of the story... you know like they used to do in vintage looney tunes regularly.
Hitoshi Matsumoto's 'Symbol' is one hell of an enjoyable movie, it weaves two separate stories into one…
(Parte del maratón The Funniest Man on Earth con todas las películas de Matsumoto en el Alamo Drafthouse)
No tengo idea porque Matsumoto no goza de la popularidad de sus contemporáneos tipo Shion Sono. Es menos prolífico que el director japonés promedio, lo cual lo debería de hacer más amigable para el público auteurista. Tal vez se deba a que la mayoría de sus películas no han sido distribuidas en EU. Como Symbol.
De todo lo que vi ayer, esta me pareció obra mayor. Una increíble comedia que jamás sabes a dónde te va a llevar. Mitad Nacho Libre abreviada, mitad Tati-meets-Buñuel. Y al final logra que todo su delirio haga (algo) de sentido.
Fucking dicks and balls. Laughed my ass off but drags a little bit at times. Highly effective visual comedy and surrealism.
A second viewing did not reveal more to me, but it did make me appreciate how much patience Matsumuto expects and gives. He essentially structures this as an hour long set up to one of the weirdest punchlines ever, and then pushes forth with a statement about God.
Transcending, intriguing and fun. A must-see.
One of those movies where you know everything that happens has a meaning but can't really figure out what it means. Strange but at least entertaining.
The afterlife as a Japanese TV show is as silly and frustrating as it sounds when you find yourself in an interactive game room controlled by cherub penises. An interior decorator worst nightmare? Probably. A mockery of christian faith? Presumably. The main character is best described as a clever idiot, yet half of the plot is initially about a Mexican family that is into Lucha libre (wrestling). Of course both story lines has to collide at some point, but instead of an emotional payoff or a deeper felt notion about chance and fate, Symbol chooses to go full Looney Tunes. Its last act tries to transcend its own genre of slapstick comedy, though I think its strength lies in the premise, not the conclusion.
What the hell did I just watch? That is the immediate reaction I am sure most will feel when first watching Symbol. It was certainly the first thought that came to my mind. Believe it or not it's not a reaction I have often. Most movies, even badly made movies have a certain respect for story structure or lacking that a regard for the audience's ability to make sense of what's going on; not so with Symbol. A third of the way through, I was elated with the fact that for the first time in a while, I was watching something completely new. It is my personal belief that the difference between a genius and a vagrant on the bus…
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High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Movies that are slightly off.