Sunday, April 3, 2016

2LDK (2003)

The story behind "2LDK" is an interesting one, to say the least. Long story short: Two directors (Ryuhei Kitamura and in this case, Yukihiko Tsutsumi) ended up in a dare: make a movie with two actors, on one set, with only one week to make the thing. The end result here is...actually pretty damn good.

Two aspiring actresses (Maho Nonami and Eiko Koike) couldn't be more different. One is more reserved, the other more outgoing. One is a bit more neat, one isn't. They also are both competing for a role in a movie-a meaty role at that. So, what starts as disagreements turns into trickery and sabotage. Which in turn turns into a slap fight. Which then turns to the two literally at each other's throats, trying to kill one another.

Basically, take "The Odd Couple", "Heathers" and pre 9/11 black comedies like "Fight Club" and "American Psycho", and this is what you get-a darkly hilarious, all around violent (but not that gory) and surprisingly smart satire about the ambition for fame and the tendency for little things to blow out of proportion. The two leads are great, managing to capture their dueling personalities without overdoing it or hamming it up for the camera. They actually feel like real people. especially early on with their banter coming off as natural instead of forced.

As for the eventual fight-I'm not going to say much, except that it starts out small, and then involves everything from hair dryers to chainsaws. It's absolutely insane, like an ultra violent Tex Avery cartoon, topping it all off with a punch line that had me laughing hysterically. 

If you want a genre movie that manages to be naturally funny instead of beating you over the head with it's message, then this is a must. A real underrated gem.

Rating: 9/10

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