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Film Review: Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers (2005) by Satoshi Miki

“As I was making a ‘kidney’ from a straw I was struck by the thought that nobody notices me.”

The second film of Japanese writer and director Satoshi Miki is a “miscellany of characters” reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” albeit lacking “both sentimentality and humor” according to reviewer Emma Slawinski, whose focus is also on the missing plot of the film. Even though her review may be harsh, it nevertheless points at some of the aspects of the film as well as Satoshi’s body of work as a whole.

Having worked within the Japanese TV industry, the director was responsible for TV movies, mostly in the field of drama, until he eventually ventured into feature films for the cinema. In an interview following the release of his most popular film in the West, “Adrift in Tokyo” (2007), he claims his style of infusing often nonsensical comedy in everyday situations
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Video Home Invasion: Third Window: Nakashima, Sono, and Satoshi

One of the wonderful things about independent home video labels is that they are able to champion individual filmmakers in a way that major studios have no interest in doing.  Arrow Video has taken an interest in giving Argento, Romero, and Fulci their due; while Severin Films had their sights set on making the films of Jess Franco, Walerian Borowcyzk, and Joe D'Amato the credit they deserve.  Third Window Films is also determined to help bring some of their favorite directors some exposure, even if the Western world hasn't yet discovered them.  When I spoke to Third Window's Adam Torel, he gave me three names of filmmakers/auteurs that he really stood behind with his label, and those three are Tetsuya Nakashima, Sion Sono, and Miki Satoshi.  The first two should be names not unfamiliar to many Twitch readers, Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls and Sono's Love Exposure, among others, are some
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