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Monsters Club

By MITCH LILLIE
[ONE NIGHT ONLY] Ryoichi (Eita) lives alone in the snowy mountains, making bombs to send to politicians and business leaders and writing an anti-establishment manifesto. Walking to deliver packages and chopping wood in his blue aviators and suede jacket, this fashionista unabomber seems totally in control of his world. But when the ghosts of his brothers Kenta (Ken Ken) and Yuki (Yôsuke Kubozuka) expose Ryoichi’s family life as rife with suicide and depression, eventually beckoning him to the spirit world, he starts acting like the madman he is. Ostensibly, these spirits are the monsters referred to in the title, but the concept isn’t fully fleshed out. While not an altogether satisfying film, it definitely gets under your skin, viewing suicide from an insane perspective. The contemplative score, which ranges from glitchy to classical, helps to fill in the long internal monologues. Infamous in Japan, director and writer Toshiaki Toyoda is known for his poetic cinematography and morbid themes, and Monsters Club delivers both.
 

Special Note

NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 9 pm Saturday, Dec. 14
 
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  • Release Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Critic's Score: B-
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