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Film Review: Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers (2005) by Satoshi Miki

“As I was making a ‘kidney’ from a straw I was struck by the thought that nobody notices me.”

The second film of Japanese writer and director Satoshi Miki is a “miscellany of characters” reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” albeit lacking “both sentimentality and humor” according to reviewer Emma Slawinski, whose focus is also on the missing plot of the film. Even though her review may be harsh, it nevertheless points at some of the aspects of the film as well as Satoshi’s body of work as a whole.

Having worked within the Japanese TV industry, the director was responsible for TV movies, mostly in the field of drama, until he eventually ventured into feature films for the cinema. In an interview following the release of his most popular film in the West, “Adrift in Tokyo” (2007), he claims his style of infusing often nonsensical comedy in everyday situations

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