Hausu   1977   Japan House
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Director:Nobuhiko Obayashi
Studio:Toho Company
Writer:Chiho Katsura, Nobuhiko Obayashi
IMDb Rating:7.2 (6,598 votes)
Awards:1 win
Duration:110 min
Nobuhiko Obayashi  ...  (Director)
Chiho Katsura, Nobuhiko Obayashi  ...  (Writer)
Kimiko Ikegami  ...  Angel
Miki Jinbo  ...  Kunfû
Kumiko Ohba  ...  Fanta
Ai Matsubara  ...  Gari
Mieko Satô  ...  Makku
Eriko Tanaka  ...  Merodî
Masayo Miyako  ...  Suîto
Kiyohiko Ozaki  ...  Keisuke Tôgô
Saho Sasazawa  ...  Angel's Father
Asei Kobayashi  ...  Farmer Selling Watermelons
Mitsutoshi Ishigami  ...  Photographer
Ippei Hara  ...  
Tetsuo Kanai  ...  
Shôichi Hirose  ...  
Yasuo Ônishi  ...  (as Yasumasa Ônishi)
Mickie Yoshino  ...  Composer
Yoshitaka Sakamoto  ...  Cinematographer
Nobuo Ogawa  ...  Editor
Mikkî Yoshino  ...  Composer
Summary: In the hands of experimental Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi, the tale of seven "unmarried" young high-school girls who, during a school break, travel to a spooky, remote hilltop house to visit the reclusive, mysterious Aunt of one of their fold only to be consumed one at a time by the Ghost-House/Aunt in increasingly novel ways, is escalated into a spastic, phantasmagorical confetti burst of avant-garde techniques and tonalities. Not a minute goes by without some kind of imaginative and spirited experimental visual manipulation or interjection; from kaleidoscopic color schemes, to frame and time altering collage montage, to wild, high-concept mixed media integration (animation, mattes, props, sets, etc), to mini-movie injections (lovingly parodying/mimicking everything from silent film stylistics, to romantic fantasies to obligatory action scenes). Any and all workings of the film form are here incorporatedly warped; from imagery and editing to music and sound to content and presentation. Even the sketches of characters and their respective performances by the actors are hemmed in time with the overall off-the-wall configuration. (Example: Each girl is intentionally drawn with their stock personalities (the musician, the over-weight eater, the athlete, etc) novelly paraded in gleeful iconic irreverence.) The moods and tones of the film are equally melodic in their own discordant tangential way; seamlessly walking the line between comedy, horror and the deadpan aloof. It all adds up to a whole lot of fun. Where else could you see a girl eaten by a piano, an upright Bear helping cook dinner at a roadside noodle-stand or a man turned into a pile of bananas because he doesn't like melons? With all its packed in candy-colored confections and novel door prizes, "Hausu" is a cinematic surprise party all in one...just add you.

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