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Party 7 (2001)

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A movie directed by Katsuhito Ishii

Cult filmmaker and popular commercial director Katsuhito Ishii (SHARK SKIN MAN AND PEACH-HIP GIRL, THE TASTE OF TEA) brings you seven of the strangest characters you'll ever meet. Yakuza punk Miki checks into the remote New Mexico hotel to hide out after … see full wiki

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Director: Katsuhito Ishii
1 review about Party 7 (2001)

Party 7 is both Kinky and Weird that has the heart of a simple story.

  • Sep 8, 2008
Rating:
+1
My friends seem to enjoy this more then I did. One of the things I enjoy most about Japanese cinema is the fact that they can throw out some really wild and unpredictable movies. Of course they can also cannibalize themselves to the point of making whatever was original seem boring. However it does seem that there is always someone over there that can deliver a movie that will surprise you. In the case of Party 7 it's writer/ director Katshuhito Ishi, who has managed to incorporate some of the most weirdest things. The majority of the movie is set within a room in the Hotel New Mexico, with the tale of seven people, and a suitcase of cash, converging in a seedy hotel (thoughtfully equipped with a peeping room), has a lot of comedic potential, but somehow turns a lengthy misfire. It's unfortunate too, since the base material is quite funny.

First, you have Captain Banana, a costumed super peeper (whose hideout is the aforementioned room), and Dream-logic fave, Tadanobu Asano, as a pervert just released from prison, and Banana's new best friend. Then there's Masatoshi Nagase (Stereo Future) as a rockabilly thief, and the afro sporting assassin and stone cold gangster on his tail. You also have a grossly mismatched odd couple: a tragically un-hip uber nerd and his sexy girlfriend (Akemi Kobayashi, Antena), whose interests may or may not be entirely of the gold-digging kind. To top it all off there's the tale of the dung from the sky (most certainly not a tossed dung, as the trajectory was not a parabolic arc) that bookends the whole piece. The whole thing is technically and artistically sound, with excellent camera work, lighting, direction, and acting, but, like a tale told by a class clown that loves his own jokes, everything is a little too drawn out for its own good.

Though this film was mildly enjoyable and it reminded me of QT's earlier works and the movie "Four Rooms." If I would change one thing in this film it would be the characters. The roles that they played could have been made more entertaining, rather than having them yell at each other in a hotel room for close to two hours? Nevertheless this movie might leave you feeling drained and it may not appeal to all viewers, but for those that like to see something a little off the wall then I vigorously recommend Party 7.

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