After a young girl’s mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name “Ageha” (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a junkyard and salvage business.
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The Lower Depths for global teen orphans intercut with Hong Kong inspired violence along with heavily borrowed production design and an unfortunate score. Even killing for physical organ sales is played cute. Wasn't made for me in mind.
Iwai Shunji is very skilled at creating such a raw and intricate story. Through all the grit, it still felt human. The characters felt real, and I still cared about them, even after the credits rolled. This film brought up so many emotions for me. The fact that this film is trilingual was a plus for me as well.
An incredibly stunning magical film that goes through about every possible emotion, and mixes comedy, realism, and style perfectly together. Its characters dazzle and bring you into a whole 'nother world. One of Iwai's greatest.