Escher dori no akai posuto   2020   Japan Red Post on Escher Street
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Director:Sion Sono
Studio:AMG Entertainment, Hikoki Films International
Writer:Sion Sono
IMDb Rating:7.4 (389 votes)
Awards:1 win & 2 nominations
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Duration:149 min
Sion Sono  ...  (Director)
Sion Sono  ...  (Writer)
Sen Fujimaru  ...  Yasuko Yabuki
Mala Morgan  ...  Katako
Tomoko Fujita  ...  Kiriko
Marina Kozawa  ...  Hirona Matsumoto
Tarô Suwa  ...  Tadashi Kobayashi
Mitsuru Fukikoshi  ...  
Matsuri Kohira  ...  Kiriko
Canon Nawata  ...  Hirona Matsumoto
Jun Toba  ...  
Tetsu Watanabe  ...  
Tatsuhiro Yamaoka  ...  Tadashi Kobayashi
Masaya Suzuki  ...  Cinematographer
Sion Sono  ...  Editor
Comments: This is a first for Sono: a full on absurdist comedy. He's absurd a lot, sometimes funny, but not beat after beat like this. His other funny films are also about what he does for a living. Film maker street poet. He's edited the two funniest ones.

There's a ten hour version of this out there for sure. Probably a
Last Wish or two. He could turn ten of these characters into a two hour movie in three days each. Sono's gift is that he has never miscast an actor. And then he maximizes the room.

This is an improvised shoutfest with an intricate construction. When Sono drives the end of the film into the weeds it becomes so meta it might as well have been dreamed up by the janitor.

Red Post would make a great companion to Intimacies. A film about what it's about. But I won't go there.


If I hadn't rated this 5 stars the first time I watched it I'd bump it up a star.

It was more fun watching this after the revelations about many of the first time actors here appearing in Sono's latest Prisoners of the Ghostland. And it's going to be more fun re-watching Prisoners after just re-watching this film

Everyone sees Sono through their own Sono-colored glasses. For me, Be Sure to Share remains one of Sono's most revealing and important films: Sono has Daddy-issues, and it exposes why all the middle-aged and older male characters in his films suck balls. Especially when POWER (or the lust for it) vectors into the equation

Watching Red Post is like floating on a smiley cloud all the way through except for the "king of extras" (or whatever he is) character and the movie mogul dude who wants a couple of his starlets to get roles in Kobayashi's film. They are repulsive characters, like a big zit on a beautiful face

Red Post is so heartwarming because it's content is so close to Sono's heart. It's not bonkers Sono, nor bloody Sono. It's poetic Sono where the medium is the message and vice versa. It's pedestrian pop-psychology stuff delivered with sincerity

My Sono-colored glasses are always looking for characters and actors who reveal and react to their environment. It's inexplicable and weird that Sono somehow makes this happen by inducing his actors to over-act most of the time. But that's the key: safety is no fun; riding the razor's edge of failure is where it's at. Devotion is a must. And this film is about being an actor. So ... there ya go. Somehow :)

It's also a heads up on how to view Prisoners: Forget the Wizard, focus on the munchkins

Summary: A genius film director, Tadashi Kobayashi holds an audition for his new film project. Several actors and actresses answer the open call, but most will only be cast as extras. Can the film come to a completion without accident?

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