No Men in sight, only women… and something unthinkable is that girls kill girls! A bus full of high school girls are on their way to a school trip. A sudden gust of wind slices the bus in half, length-wise killing 40 girls in the blink of an eye, except Mitsuko our protagonist.
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Nobody on earth makes movies quite like Sion Sono. Even so, I never imagined I'd ever see a film that channeled one part "The Matrix" and "Battle Royale" crossed with several parts Gregg Araki indie feature (the tender teenage romance, dreamy alternative rock soundtrack). "Tag" somehow feels longer than its 85 minute runtime, but its highs are still as deliriously high as just about anything Sono has produced.
Sion Sono adds his sense of visual anarchy to the story by Yusuke Yamada with this often surreal, violent but very cool adaptation. As everyone dies around her Mitsuko finds herself the sole survivor again and again even as she changes identities like a game avatar. Mix in a little 'Matrix' and '2001' and you have this bizarre little film. Sono is truly a maverick working in many genres. Candy coloured anarchy.
"The Martians could land in the car park and no one would care. Closed-circuit cameras in department stores shoot the same movie every day. And the stars of these films neither die nor get killed Just survive constant action replay. And nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all. The needle returns to the start of the song And we all sing along like before. And we'll all be lonely tonight and lonely tomorrow."
Riaru onigokko is an 85 minutes of nonstop satire and metaphor. Misogynist is the word that revolves around sono before this film. but after watching this, i'm fully aware that strangely sono is a feminist. By using 3 sylph-like idols/models as the main casts, the message is quite clear that he despises fanboys and exploitative industry.