Monsters Club

2011

Drama

48
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 280

Synopsis


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Cast

Jun Kunimura as Osami Nagano
Yôsuke Kubozuka as Yuki Kakiuchi
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663.74 MB
1280*720
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
71 min
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1.2 GB
1920×1080
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
71 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by meddlecore 7 / 10 / 10

Japanese Take On The Una-Bomber Story

Toyoda's short running feature film "Monster's Club" is rather simple, yet radically poetic and beautifully shot re-telling of the Ted Kaczynski (aka Una-Bomber) story, from a Japanese context. After an interesting introduction that snags your attention. We find ourselves following a rather young man named Ryoichi (Eita). When he first appears on screen his youth struck me. I was expecting a much older man. This is, perhaps, a commentary on the role of youth in the catalyzation of revolution and instigation social change. Born into wealth, but having lost most of his family to various tragedies, Ryoichi has become alienated by society and, thus, chosen to reject it entirely. Taking his inheritance, he has retreated into the pristine Mountains of Japan where he leads a Thoreauian lifestyle. Meanwhile, he carries out acts of vengeance on a society that he believes is responsible for making the lives of people so empty that they would rather kill themselves than go on living in such a world- something he takes very personally. With this, Toyoda has departed from Kasczynski's motives and made the story particularly Japanese. Japan is a country with one of the highest suicide rates in the world. In one of his soliloquies Ryoichi quotes a statistic that 90 people commit suicide in Japan each day. Also important to note, is a disturbing trend that has recently developed: where people head off into Aokigahara Forest, at the foot of Mount Fuji, to kill themselves- a site which also has important significance in Japanese mythology for being a place of demons. Much like Kaczynski though, Ryoichi sends package bombs- that he makes from old cigar cases and inscribes with the letters MC- to high ranking corporate psychopaths responsible for perpetuating the greed, manipulation, materialism, apathy, submission and general emptiness that plague all corporate technocratic societies. His recipients include an advertising executive; a telecom CEO and pandering politicians. His war; a message. One day his sister shows up at his cabin unexpectedly, and this meeting triggers something inside Ryoichi. He starts to have visits/visions/hallucinations from/of these odd plaster and cloth covered- yet very Japanese looking- demons. These demons soon turn into his dead relatives and, after looking at an old photo that his sister finds in the cabin, he also becomes haunted by the past memories that this image has evoked. It is clear that the meeting and discussion he has with his sister, in combination with the absolute isolation in which he lives, has triggered a conflict of conscience inside Ryoichi. One that he is struggling to overcome as he introspectively reflects upon his life and actions. One that ultimately leads to the films relatively abstract conclusion. While I felt that Toyoda could have developed the message a little bit more (which would have also made it a little longer), anyone who has read and resonated with Kaczynski's Manifesto will surely enjoy this film. From a Cinematic perspective, it is beautifully shot; and emits an aura much similar to that of Buñuel's "Simon Of The Desert". The acting is also excellent. At 72 minutes, the film is a little short- but hey, so was Buñuel's film (an explanation for the short runtime, perhaps?)- and not free from criticism- I particularly found the ending to be a bit rushed and was a little disappointed the message wasn't developed better. But overall it is a very atmospheric and well made film that focuses on an extremely interesting subject matter in an intriguing way. Anarchists, Luddites and other radically-minded individuals: take note and inquire within. 7.5 out of 10.

Reviewed by ethSin / 10

Underwhelming Angst Film

According to the executive producer present at TIFF, 'Monsters Club' was first conceived by Toyoda Hideyoshi when he read the manifesto "Industrial Society and Its Future" by mail bomber and mathematician Ted Kaczynski. That Toyoda saw the resemblance of the dysfunctional social system to that of Japan's, and decided to make a movie about it. I had thoroughly enjoyed Toyoda's previous feature films 'Blue Spring' and 'Hanging Garden', so I thought this movie had the potential to become a psychological masterpiece after seeing the trailer in spite of its suspiciously short 72 minute screen time. Unfortunately, it tuned out to be a very underwhelming angst film. The story revolves around Ryouichi played by Eita, a man living in seclusion at a snowy mountain's cabin. A few pessimistic views on society were raised as introduction. That the working man is a slave to the system, that opportunities were provided only by the system, and that no one bound by rules of society is truly free. This leads to why he decided to attain freedom by detaching himself from the system to live a "self-sufficient" life. However, he's a hypocrite as he's not self-sufficient at all, and he's obsessed with trying to change the world by sending out mail bombs of his own. One quote that I found particularly intriguing was: "Freedom is power. The power to control your own life." Unfortunately, this concept and just about every other views introduced earlier, were never fully addressed in the remainder of the film. The protagonist suffers from mental breakdowns due to self-induced solitary confinement, and starts seeing dead brothers who question the point of living in despair. Even his sister who came to bring him back says death should be chosen when you feel like you're a slave in society. While we learn more about the protagonist's past and why he became the way he is now, none of those reasons were convincing nor empathetic. I admit that it may be impossible for an ordinary person to understand the motivations of a suicidal sociopath to begin with, but after a while, the protagonist started to seem like a bitter guy who just couldn't cope with the sadness of the loss of his family. The cinematography was decent, and surprisingly, the pacing didn't feel to be too slow despite so few things being said (that I didn't really connect with). Eita delivers an acceptable performance, but once again, it appears like he's not cut out for a leading role, just like in 'April Bride' and 'Dear Doctor'. I was very disappointed in Kubozuka Yousuke, one of my favorite actor's performance in this movie. It simply appears he was typecast as a "weird guy" who failed to make a lasting impression. It is apparent that the director had failed to draw out the most out of his cast. 'Monsters Club' was nowhere as provocative or thought-provoking as it could've been. It made me feel empty inside, and I don't think that was desired response given the way its story progressed, and the anticlimactic attempted climax at the end. This movie will probably be remembered only for its weird acrylic sealant(?) mask and costume.

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