Well, I understand now, this man is an insane visionary genius. A lot of fun, watching the solo video-art performance. Because that's what it is, something else, utterly beyond cinema, which you can find, anyway, throughout the parallel Mexican storyline.Thinking about that, probably, it would've been better to cut or shorten a bit, just focusing on the absurd, hysterical and exaggerated proof of acting.
The film is very curious and there are elements of it in which I enjoyed. I didn't find it as bizarre and ingenious as most people mentioned. Some scenes were really fun but some were also long and unnecessary. I understand the over-the-top nature of Matsumoto's character but, for the most part, it was rather irritating. I started the film filled with excitement and was left disappointed.
Symbol is certainly a surreal film that offers a surreal and unique experience. One also has to give it kudos for its endlessly creative turns and dreamlike images. Who knew that in the quest for humour, one could find such psychological depths as these and bring such philosophical ideas? For 90 mins one can see the world reimagined through Matsumoto's eyes, and it's full of innovative and wondrous things.
Yet another intriguing dark comedy from Matsumoto, laced with a variety of genres and layers (both hidden and not). Some of the humour is specific for Japan, perhaps not for everyone or you might miss some of it, if you're not familiar with the culture. The Mexican part seems a bit pointless, especially considering its conclusion. The film get interesting towards the end, and the ending itself quite strong.
Creative and clever, fun and funny. Two very different storylines converge in a most unconventional way in a most unconventional film. I wouldn't have it any other way. Matsumoto is fantastic in this, in any other picture I'd call it over the top, but it works. Much more polished than Big Man Japan.
Ano... ano ne... don't really know what to say about this one, other than that I *did* enjoy it. One specific aspect, though, reminded me of when I read THE REPUBLIC OF WINE by Mo Yan and was a bit disturbed by the regular mention of baby privates. This must be something my Western-trained mind doesn't get. Outside of that, this title is fairly bizarre fiction & we can always use more of that!
Directed by, co-written by, and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto, Symbol is a bizarre and quite brilliant comedy that takes viewers on a trip into the depths of insanity, smiling gleefully all the way. I am not sure of what it all means, or if many scenes are supposed to really mean anything, but I am sure that I loved it.