This might seem to be another Japanese exploitation flick. Japanese schoolgirl battles monster from the moon who wields a chainsaw. These elements are definitely in the film. And artistically so. But are not what the film (and I assume the source manga) are about.
The theme of the film is how to deal with feelings of loss, lack of
self-worth, lack of significance. A shiftless student Yosuke is trying
to recover from the death of a friend Noto. Yosuke steals meat more
to do something than because he has to steal it. One night slacker
Yosuke comes across Eri who spends her evenings trying to kill a
chainsaw wielding monster who falls from the moon. He becomes
Eri's helper in her odd quest.
Both Yosuke and Eri externalise their problems - is that running
away from or part of dealing with it? Both Yosuke and Eri find a kind of answer
in each other, Yosuke finds a purpose in helping Eri, Eri finds
strength from Yosuke.
The key figure in the film is in a way Noto even though he's dead
before the film begins. Noto lived his life to extremes, followed
Achilles in a short life but a glorious one. Yosuke tries to
emulate to outdo Noto but in the end only achieves moderate
happiness. But perhaps moderate happiness is not that bad.
|Film||Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge|
|Cast||Yosuke Asari, Terutaka Hasegawa, Hayato Ichihara|
|Details||Colour 109 mins|