Mutsugoro Suzuki, a low-profile, clumsy theater troop actor, sets with his troop colleagues on an oniric journey back to his hometown, marked by his quest to find the responsible of infecting him with a STD. But during this journey he will have to face all the reasons why he left his hometown in the first place, and as the puzzle behind his disease turns more and more confusing, Matsugoro begins to realize that maybe he doesn’t even know what exactly he’s looking for. —IMDb
Sion Sono (園 子温 Sono Shion, born 1961) is a controversial filmmaker and poet. He was born in Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan and is best known for his movies and avant-garde poetry performances.
After receiving a fellowship with the PIA, Sono made his first feature-length 16 mm film in 1990, Bicycle Sighs (Jitensha Toiki), which he co-wrote, directed, and starred himself. A coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan, Bicycle Sighs settled Sono as a director with great box office success in Japan, and for nearly two years was played over 30 film festivals around Europe and Asia. In 1992, Sono’s second feature film The Room (Heya), also written by himself, a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district, participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. The Room also toured on 49 festivals worldwide, including the Berlin Film Festival and… read more
If not for a terrible performance from the main actress, and editing that really destroyed the otherwise great flow of many of the scenes this could have been a much stronger film.
Shot much like Sono's other work "Hazard" the camera is free moving, and often no cuts are really necessary in the scene at all. All though the camera work in IAD is nowhere near as good aesthetically as Hazard's camerawork, the wide mise en scene of the scenes is generally what makes this film good. In certain scenes however, as I stated above the style is butchered when still shots that are badly framed are inserted in a tactless manner and kill the flow of the free floating shooting style.