Film recommendation #02: ザ・マジックアワー（The Magic Hour）
A comedy directed by Kouki Mitani (Japan’s “king of comedy”), nominated for eleven awards in the Japanese Academy Prize and the Asian Film Awards.
When an ambitious underworld thug proves incapable of tracking down a hit-man for his powerful boss as promised, he convinces a third-rate actor to accept a role for a film that will never get made.
“The Magic Hour may refer to the brief window of time before sunset when filming conditions are best, but the film itself is also magic of the comic kind. Sit back, enjoy and don’t worry about the man behind the curtain, pulling the strings — he’s blowing massive smoke, but the journey he’s sending you on is pure entertainment. His only message: There’s no business like show business.” - Mark Schilling.
After watching this, I am really excited to watch many of his other films that I haven’t seen yet.
The actor (played by Koichi Sato), as the hitman, is so funny at some points. I think the best thing about the film is how the gangsters, including the Boss, react to his strange behaviours (which are a result of him thinking these situations are all part of a film, as opposed to real life). As the story unfolds, it’s a really pleasant journey throughout.
The ending is also one of the most entertaining ones I’ve seen. Ha ha!
Gonna give it a try!