Masayuki Suo

Masayuki Suo – Katsuben! AKA Talking the Pictures (2019)

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Set in early 20th Century Japan, the movie follows the adventures of a young man who wants to get into the movie business — but in a job unique to his country: a dramatic narrator for silent movies known as “Katsubenshi” or just “benshi”. Comedy and action ensue as he becomes entangled with competing movie theaters where the crowds are drawn mostly by the skills of the dramatic interpreters rather than the movies themselves. Read More »

Masayuki Suo – Shiko funjatta AKA Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (1992)

Synopsis:
Kyoritsu University’s sumo club is in danger of being shut down after years of failure and general disinterest. The hopeless Aoki (a hilarious performance by Naoto Takenaka) is the sole remaining member of the school’s once proud sumo team. At the start of a new school year, however, Professor Anayama (Akira Emoto) manages to recruit four new members, an unlikely cast of misfits who seem to be capable of doing nothing but heaping further embarrassment onto the woeful team. Can this motley crew of ragamuffins revive interest in the traditional Japanese sport and return the school team to respectability? Read More »

Masayuki Suo – Soredemo boku wa yattenai AKA I Just Didn’t Do It (2006)

Synopsis:
An unemployed young man is on the packed Tokyo subway en route to a job interview when a schoolgirl grabs him by the wrist and fingers him as a molester. A man was feeling her up on the train. The young man is arrested and no one, not the station master, the public defender or the police, seems the least interested in his protestations of innocence. It would be much more efficient if he would accept a plea bargain. Read More »

Masayuki Suo – Fanshî dansu AKA Fancy Dance (1989)

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Yohei, a punk rocker, has to become a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Yohei though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline learns to adjust. Then his girlfriend shows up, enticing him to return to his rock ‘n’ roll roots. Read More »