robin_d_laws (robin_d_laws) wrote,
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The Roommate

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A bachelor in the Japanese town of Kasuya, concerned that he was the victim of serial burglary, installed security cameras in his home. Instead he discovered that a woman had been living on the top shelf of his closet for over a year.

This real life story perfectly reflects the dominant theme of Japanese cinema, which constantly explores the theme of personal disconnection in a high-density society. As such, the question is not whether it will inspire a film, but which director will get to it first. I’ll be shocked if the 2009 Toronto Film Festival doesn’t include such a movie from one of its staple Japanese directors.

Will it be Hirokazu Koreeda, who made Nobody Knows, based on a real life story, in which four young kids are left to fend for themselves in a Tokyo apartment? Other likely candidates might include Shinji Aoyama, Shunji Awai, or Kiyoshi Kurosawa in his art film mode, Or will somebody like Takashi Shimizu or Shinya Tsukomoto genre it up into a suspense/horror flick?

Then again the Korean director Kim Ki-duk works notoriously quickly. He could sneak in and commit a cross-border theme snatch.

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