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Saturday, 6 August 2016

OTOSHIANA [1962]

aka Pitfall

Hiroshi Teshigahara's hauntingly surreal Otoshiana plays like it's the first part of the director's skewed social issues satire series.
Placed in post-WWII Japan while in political turmoil, a coal miner living in near-poverty wanders into a ghost town searching for work only to find himself amongst the lost souls.
The black & white curio is indeed a challenge but manages to linger within the mind for days afterwards, as you realize just how much is really going on within the multifaceted storytelling.  While it's not necessarily a horror film it still manages to deeply disturb, frighten and make for an unpleasant yet strangely funny experience that is dreadfully irresistible.

4 series of unfortunate events out of 5

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