Story/The Film Itself: This is the first film released through Tartan Video’s new ‘Asia Extreme’ movie line. Tartan is a huge distributor of independent Asian films in Europe and they are now jump starting the line here with several highly regarded films. The film itself is quick to jump right into the story. In some regards actually, too quickly, while the story introduces you to the characters and their ‘look-alike Doppelgangers’ there is virtually no mention of how these other beings came to exist. If the premise is, that all people have one of these mirror beings, that’s fine, but they don’t introduce that idea either. But past that, the two imposters that they do introduce jump right into the lives of their exact opposites. The doppelgangers ate the exact opposite of their real life selves. In the case of the main character, Michio Hayasaki, who is a docile scientist with nothing but good intentions, his doppelganger is a hi strung, sex staved, ego maniac bent on making everything go his way no matter what the cost. Hayasaki befriends a local waitress, Nagai Yuka, whose brother has been replaced by a doppelganger as well. The two then have to band together to save Hayasaki?s top secret invention after the fake Michio tries to destroy his good name. Hayasaki’s only choice after losing his job starts research on his own but continues to get in deeper trouble for his double’s action. Who can he turn to and how can he rid himself of the single element that is destroying his life? With Yuka’s help they make a final decision on how to fix everything, and it is a little out of character. Or is it? The film is fast paced and enjoyable. It is another glimpse into the original storytelling and film making that is going on in Asia that we are only getting the retarded remakes of. This is a serious thriller of a film and minimal on the gore for those fans looking for story and not so much content. It is sub titled, which most American’s seriously need to get over themselves with because they are missing out on great films. But if this is the beginning of what Tartan will have to offer the U.S. market, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Special Features: The DVD is packed with all kinds of excellent features. The film is subtitled in both English and Spanish and features a 5.1 Dolby soundtrack as well as having DTS available. The DVD also carries, as bonus material, a making of featurette and an interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Lastly, the DVD features an extensive section of film previews for other upcoming Tartan releases that look to be an extremely powerful line. (Tartan Video, 8322 Beverly Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90048) – Myk.

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