Funuke, Show Some Love, You Losers (3 stars)

Funuke, Show Some Love, You Losers

A long-winded title for a film that ultimately runs out of puff, Funuke is at its best in the early stages. As a conceited struggling young actress comes back to her hometown after her parents’ death, Sumika (Sato Eriko) is as trapped in denial as she happens to be beautiful. And no matter if her talented comic-strip artist sister, Kiyomi (Aimi Satsukawa) is years before illustrated Sumika’s vain ambitions, Sumika isn’t one for self-analysis even when her sister confronts her with her obvious limitations. At its best there is a Takeshi Kitano aspect to the editing and framing, and director Yoshida Daihachi is clearly a director with style – the parents’ accident is especially well-handled – but the stepbrother’s wife’s accident-proneness is far less wittily presented and the film never quite gives texture to sibling rivalry. Minimal extras.

(15) 113min (Third Window Films DVD retail)

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