QUOTE(theoddone33 @ Apr 13 2005, 01:06 AM)
Isn't there a thread about Last Life in the Universe
already? I guess not.
Actually, I started one
a few months ago...
Not to derail this thread too much - we can move any extended discussion to the above thread - but I liked the film a lot more than you seemed to. I agree, it's very trippy and surreal, but maybe that's why I like it so much - it's trippy and surreal, but not at the cost of the characters and their ensuing relationship. What gets me most about the film is how quiet
it is - from music (I love the soundtrack) and sound design to the understated acting. It drives home the alienation and loneliness, and makes the few moments when the characters connect so much more meaningful.
And I liked the ending quite a bit, as it shows how much Kenji has come in a very simple way. At the beginning of the film, he's attempting to commit suicide, arguably one of the most selfish acts one can commit. By the film's end, he's moved outside of himself, and is [spoilers]dreaming of his life with another person, and how he can impact another's life in a positive manner[/spoilers].
BTW, I'm assuming that you saw the Palm Pictures release. I agree that the english dialog can get hard to follow at times, but for some reason, the awkwardness didn't bother me. It only served to accentuate the differences and alienation between the two characters that they're attempting to overcome.
(Doh... in re-reading this thread, it looks like Stef and I replied at the basically same time. Ah the wonders of decentralized communication.
Edited by opus, 13 April 2005 - 07:23 PM.