Thursday, June 18, 2009
A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn (2003) +18
Language: Japanese (English hardsubs)
DVDrip, XVID, 699 MB, 640 x 336, Video 197 kBit/s, Audio 192 kBit/s
Here's the synopsis from the back of the box: "A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn follows a young widow, Noriko, living with her senile father-in-law, Shukichi, on a farm. He believes his favorite cow, recently deceased, is still alive. Noriko pretends to be the cow and lets him milk her – a satisfying arrangement for them both. Shukichi's flesh and blood daughter discovers their bizarre relationship and tries to put an end to it." Now, if that doesn't grab your attention I don't know what will. Like I said before, I was hesitant to watch it, as I wasn't sure how this would play out for a an entire film's worth of goodies, but they throw in several side plots including: Shukichi being blackmailed so that his farm can be taken away, Shukichi going senile, and Shukichi's daughter having a slutty side that gets her into all sorts of trouble.
Where do you begin a review about a flick like this? We can start with the fun factor. You'd think that you'd find a poorly done comedy or a crappy drama with something like this, but what it comes down to is this film walks the thin line between both and comes out as a dark comedy with a softcore feel. I'm not going to lie. I laughed my ass off as I watched the story unfold, and I was completely drawn in by the absurdity of it all. Hell, more often than not my mouth was gaping in shock at some of the things that happened on the screen. One example would be the doctor getting mad at his nurse, but instead of sending her out of the room, he rips her clothes off, and after a moment of protest she consents to his advances. All the while a patient is at the door complaining about his animal's hemorrhoids and this leads to some hilarious double-entendre speak between the doctor and the patient (while the nurse rolls around orgasming on the table).
The cast was very good, and the two leads carried the film with ease. Horyu Nakamura does an excellent job as Shukichi, the old man who loves his cows as much as any woman. Most actors would have played the part up completely for the camp value, but he plays it straight and in doing so really draws in the audience to his plight. On the flip side, Ryoko Asagi delivers big time as Noriko, Shukichi's daughter-in-law. She brings a sense of despair to a role that probably shouldn't have had as much effort put into it as she gave. She is entirely sympathetic and makes it so the two leads are completely understandable even though their situation is so far out in left field that none of us (hopefully) will ever know what it really feels like to sink that far.
Overall, A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn is a fun Pinky film that may not be for everyone, but for those that enjoy the more off-beat films (or, just enjoy Pinky flicks for all they're worth) this is definitely a film that the Demon can recommend to just about any cinephile.
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