EGG. (Yukihiko Tsutsumi, 2002)
[note: review originally published 12Nov2010]
Tsutsumi, responsible for the direct-to-TV series of live action Black Jack films, turns in one of those movies here that makes me wonder how many drugs the entire cast and crew had ingested, and how they managed to stay so high for so long. Which is not usually a bad thing, at least as far as Japanese movies are concerned, and it’s not here. This certainly isn’t the best movie I’ve seen so far this month, but it’s fun.
The plot concerns a lovely young lady (Jiro Sato, perhaps best known in this country for Hush!) who sees an egg every time she closes her eyes. Everyone around her keeps telling her it’s nothing, but it gets distracting to the point where she can’t do her job (which looks more like a video game; it has something to do with picking off the red bits in a string of ASCII characters flowing up the screen). Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, the egg cracks, and something starts coming out of it…
If you pay a modicum of attention, it’s not a terribly difficult movie to figure out, but that’s not why you watch movies like this. You put them on in the background at parties so people come up and ask you “what the hell is THAT?”. In that regard, it fulfills its job very well, though it certainly doesn’t stand up to repeated critical re-watching. ***