by Chris MaGee
I recently saw Sydney Pollack's 1975 film "The Yakuza" for the first time. In it Richard Jordan's character shares an insight with the film's star, Robert Mitchum (and I apologize for paraphrasing a bit here), "In America if a guy snaps he goes up to the top of a clock tower and shoots as many people as he can. In Japan if a guy snaps he kills himself." That's a bit of a broad generalization, yes, and not necessarily correct, but I couldn't help thinking of it while watching the trailer for "Komori Seikatsu Kojo Club" that Kevin Ouellette has posted over at Nippon Cinema. Not that the main character Komori, a disgruntled salaryman played by Arata Furuta, goes and commits ritual seppuku. Far from it. After days, months, even years of being crapped on by bosses, co-workers an family Komori snaps and starts meting out his own brand of vigilante justice... and he becomes a one man social phenomena in the process.
Directed by Ikki Katashima and based on the novel “Komori Kachou no Yuuga na Hibi” by Hikaru Murozumi the film co-stars Chiaki Kuriyama, Shugo Oshinari, Narimi Arimori, Shiro Sano, and Kosuke Toyohara. It's set for release next month in Japan.