Well, I personally think “Dolls” by Takeshi Kitano (1) is a good movie.
The following is a quick review I wrote on another message forum:
So after buying “Dolls” and watching it three times, as well as loaning to out another person, it’s obvious that certain movies are like a Rorschach Test to the viewer. This one would be no exception.
Three vignettes focused on the relationships of three seperate couples; with some very slight intertwineing.
Vignette one is about a yuppie that was forced to leave his girlfriend that he proposed to, in order to marry the daughter of the CEO of the company he works for. He finds out (on the day of his wedding) that the girlfriend he left attempted suicide, and is now in a mental hospital. He leaves the wedding and checks his “girlfriend” out of the hospital. Adventures transpire…
Vignette two is about a yakuza boss that starts to recall his ex-girlfriend from 40 years prior. When the yakuza boss remembers his ex-girlfriend, he instructs his driver and bodyguard to take him to the location where he last saw her. Adventures transpire…
Vignette three is about a fanboy/otaku and a J-pop female singer. The fanboy is completely obsessed with her, but she takes no real notice towards him (or any of her other fans for that matter). For a particular reason she decides to drop out of public view; but the fanboy is willing to go “that extra mile” in order to see her. Adventures transpire…
Anyway, people that have watched this movie have expressed certain interest in how well the story/essay was constructed, the meaning of it, and perhaps the tragicalness of it all. I still recommend this movie to anyone that is tired of the mindless American concept of cinema
Anyway, the cinematography as the film progresses is absolutely stunning and beautiful. I wasn’t actually aware that such landscapes could exist; and that they could actually be captured on film. But it seems they do and it seems they can, respectively.
It may not be a “psychedelic” movie, but it does cause one deep soul-contemplation
I would really recommend this movie if you have a chance to view it.