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'Happiness': Film Review | Busan 2016

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Japanese cult favorite director Sabu tackles national malaise and the value of memory in his new film starring Masatoshi Nagase.
Is wallowing in past memories a harmless bit of indulgence, a dangerous hurdle to personal growth, a necessary agony or all of the above? Those are among the central questions in Happiness, a carefully modulated revenge thriller that manages to tuck a few surprises into its relatively conventional narrative. The Japanese penchant for reveling in distress and a national disposition of pessimism is the framework upon which filmmaker Sabu hangs his latest misleadingly dreamy drama. The quiet, swift-moving story of a drifter lifting a down-in-the-dumps town’s spirits before fulfilling his own agenda has a lot on its plate, but never feels overstuffed as it slowly winds its way to its inevitable conclusion.

Making a return to the kind of understated, observational film he mastered in work like Dead Run, festival mainstay Sabu’s name above the title will ensure Happiness a robust trip around the festival circuit, and there’s a strong case for limited release in urban markets familiar with his more accessible actioners (Hard Luck Hero, D.A.N.G.A.N. Runner). Download services should also be able to exploit Sabu’s cult status.

When mild-mannered, vaguely monosyllabic Kanzaki (Masatoshi Nagase, Sweet Bean, Sakuran) arrives in a sleepy Japanese town it seems like a stroke of good luck. Kanzaki is in possession of a happiness machine, a contraption that looks like a mad scientist’s hybrid of something from Hellraiser and Brazil. After using it on an unhappy, despondent elderly shopkeeper and restoring her good cheer and after getting over the mayor’s initial resistance, Kanzaki makes the device available to the entire town. He restores a bit of bounce to the depressed town’s residents, most of whom we first encounter in the district employment office, by allowing them to recall their happiest moments — everything from hitting a game-winning home run as a kid to the birth of a first child. But Kanzaki has a brutal side, and it soon becomes clear that his arrival was no accident. Things come to a violent (naturally, it’s Sabu) head when he meets former juvenile convict Inoue (Hiroki Suzuki), who lives in self-imposed exile just outside town.

In typical Sabu fashion, bursts of levity eventually give way to poetic violence, and though Happiness at first glance appears to be a whimsical comedy-drama about a traveling salesman of sorts and his magical machine, it soon reveals its considerably more contemplative core. It best recalls the director’s underrated Miss Zombie, which started as a twisted comedy about an android housekeeper and ended as a snarky examination of humanity. Scratch the surface of Happiness and viewers will find a gruesome, tragic backbone propping up the narrative, and an exploration of whether or not there can truly be happiness without sorrow (kind of a bloodier Inside Out) and how crucial they both are to making each of us who we are.

As Happiness unfolds, Sabu’s lean, efficient script (light on dialogue) becomes more and more hypnotic with each revelation, helped along by steady compositions and images by Koichi Furuya that are punctuated to full effect by handheld camera work at just the right time. But the film relies on Nagase to provide its emotional weight, and the veteran actor is largely up to the task. His low-key performance is rooted in simmering sadness — and rage — that dominate his memories, and they’re subtly etched on his face. The rest of the technical specs are as polished as expected.

Production company: Live Max Film, Rapid Eye Movies

Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Hiroki Suzuki, Erika Okuda, Tetsuya Chiba

Director-screenwriter: Sabu

Producer: Shozo Ichiyama

Executive producer: Ken Ariyama

Director of photography: Koichi Furuya

Production designer: Tatsuya Amano

Editor: Genta Tamaki

Music: Junichi Matsumoto

In Japanese

No rating, 91 minutes

'Phantasm: Ravager': Film Review

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The late Angus Scrimm makes his final appearance as the evil "Tall Man" in this fifth and supposedly last installment of the long-running horror film series.
If you didn't already know that there have previously been three sequels to the 1979 cult horror film Phantasm, then its fifth and final installment definitely isn't for you. Supposedly bringing the series to a close after a mind-boggling 37 years, Phantasm: Ravager should please longtime fans while leaving newcomers unimpressed and confused. Unlike its two immediate predecessors that went straight to video, this entry is receiving a theatrical release, along with a restored version of the original film.

The first film in the series not directed by creator Don Coscarelli — not to worry, he produced and co-wrote the screenplay — the film takes pains to bring newcomers (and fans with short memories) up to speed with flashbacks from earlier installments and voiceover narration. They reintroduce us to the iconic characters, including the demonic mortician known as the "Tall Man" (Angus Scrimm, who passed away at age 89 earlier this year), who uses zombie minions and lethal metal orbs to achieve his evil ends, and friends Reggie (Reggie Bannister), Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Jody (Bill Thornbury), who despite their decades-long efforts still haven't been able to defeat him.

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The storyline — which centers on Reggie and takes place in several alternative universes, including one in which he's a dementia patient (certainly the most plausible) — is confusing, to say the least. Novices will certainly be left adrift. But longtime fans (I confess that I bailed after the first sequel) will certainly appreciate the frequent references to earlier events and characters, including Reggie's late wife, who reappears at the familiar Morningside Cemetery mausoleum. Spoiler alert: it doesn't go so well.

Making his feature debut, director David Hartman reveals his inexperience with his technically ragged helming. The obviously low-budget and tacky-looking CGI effects don't help. But it will hardly matter to the die-hard fans, who will relish the opportunity to see the original and now long in the tooth castmembers reprise their roles, probably for the last time. That's certainly true of Scrimm, who despite his advanced age had lost none of his talent for conveying truly creepy malevolence. Hearing the gaunt actor intone "humans are skins sacs of organ and meat" is worth the price of admission all by itself.

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Phantasm: Ravager has been announced as the final entry in the series. But an epilogue during the end credits, involving fan-favorite character Rocky (Gloria Lynne Henry) from Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, indicates that, like many of their characters, few horror franchises stay dead forever.

Production: Silver Sphere Corporation
Distributor: Well Go USA
Cast: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester, Angus Scrimm, Dawn Cody, Gloria Lynne Henry
Director-editor: David Hartman
Screenwriters: David Hartman, Don Coscarelli
Producer: Don Coscarelli
Executive producer: Brad Baruh
Directors of photography: David Hartman, Brad Baruh
Production designer: Kathleen Poirier Hartman
Costume designer: Shelley Kay
Composer: Christopher L. Stone

Not rated, 97 minutes