Saturday, 19 September 2009
In The Pool イン・ザ・プール
Dir: Satoshi Miki
Starring: Suzuki Matsuo, Odagiri Joe, Maiko
Imagine a neurologist/psychiatrist who prescribes no medicine, makes fun of his patients and goes with them on some crazy adventures to get to the root of the problem - not because it might cure them but because it might 'be a laugh'.
That's Dr Irabu, Satoshi Miki's creation that is perfectly played by Suzuki Matsuo. The Doc's in his own world, not really caring about the needs of his patients but helping them and having fun all the same. Matsuo does the job really well, with a kind of sloppy ex-ganja smoking nature combined with a nice sense of comedy that has something very 1960's Britain about it.
Miki's films may lack a bit of substance, but they're entertaining and have some classic scenes and characters.