A café owner’s night changes forever in this wonderfully shot Japanese comedy from first-time filmmaker Junta Yamaguchi.
Katou is a part-time musician and local café owner who has returned home from an audition. Relying on his hostess, Aya, he is happy to be done for the day and ready to head to bed. However, upon going to his room just upstairs from the café, he finds something shocking. He sees himself in his television at the café. He learns that for some strange reason, he sees himself two minutes into the future. When Aya learns what has happened, she is shocked and overjoyed as well.
Soon enough, Katou’s friends Ogawa, Tanabe, and Komiya show up and are shocked to learn about the “Time TV”. They decide to have fun with it despite Katou’s objections. When the past Aya, Tanabe, and Komiya learn of a secret cache of money hidden in an old VCR, they find the money. However, the money belongs to local gangsters and to make matters worse, Katou’s crush and neighbor, Megumi, arrives at the café when they show up. Can Katou find himself to ensure his future down the road and save his friends, or will it be too late and his present will destroy his future?
Japan has had its share of wild and wacky films. After all, look at Takashi Miike, Hideo Nakata, and Yudai Yamaguchi to name a few. While there have been wild action and horror films, newcomer Junta Yamaguchi has come up with a wild and wacky comedy with story and screenwriter Makoto Ueda coming up with a story of time travel. However, this is not like your ordinary time travel film. This one is very special and in a very good way!
The film, shot completely using cellular phones, is about an infinite two-minute time loop where we see our group of friends constantly getting themselves in various situations within the confines of Katou’s café. Wonderfully played by Kazunari Tosa, Katou seems to be someone who is shocked at his discovery but also finds himself forced to go through a bit of being uncomfortable about the future, even if it is for two minutes. The film has a bit of a story where he has a major crush on his neighbor Megumi, played by Aki Asakura and when she is given more screen time with everything going on, even she is as confused as Katou. However, despite her not liking music (and Katou is a musician), she feels a close bond to Katou as they go through their situations.
Katou’s eccentric friends are wonderfully and comically talented in the film. Riko Fujitani leads the way as café worker Aya, who is shocked by elated. Once Gota Ishida’s Komiya, Masashi Suwa’s Tanabe, and Yoshifumi Sakai’s Ozawa come in to the mix, things get elaborately funny as they have fun with the time loop. From pretending to be fortune tellers to Ozawa finding a way to make the time loop longer through the Droste Effect with multiple televisions and monitors, the group is just having fun until things go south. As if that’s not crazy enough, wait until the last ten minutes of the film’s only 70-minute running time, because it gives a jaw-dropping funny twist.
Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes is a wild and fun time travel fun like no other and this is meant in a comic way possible. The eccentric cast of characters are a great group to watch and the hijinks and mayhem that ensues make this one for all fans of time travel films to check out.
WFG RATING: A
Indiecan Entertainment presents a Tollywood/Europe-Kikaku production. Director: Junta Yamaguchi. Producers: Takahiro Otuski and Kazuchika Yoshida. Writer: Makoto Ueda. Cinematography: Junta Yamaguchi. Editing: Junta Yamaguchi.
Cast: Kazunari Tosa, Aki Asakura, Riko Fujitani, Gota Ishida, Masashi Suwa, Yoshifumi Sakai, Haruki Nakagawa, Munenori Nagano, Takashi Sumita, Chikara Honda.
The film will be released On Demand and Digital on January 25.