Robots in love (and doing Kung Fu), a new clip from Cold Souls, a look at a new kind of goo that can kill and an update Big Man Japan director's latest naked cherub movie, Symbol? Welcome to Cult.
The writer and director of Big Man Japan will be showing his latest work Symbol at the Toronto Film Festival, and Hitoshi Matsumoto's latest work really has me scratching my head with wonder. The latest teaser shows... well, I'm not really sure what, but some poor fella is obviously getting attack by tiny naked CG cherubs. I'm still not sure what to make of the dog reference. Creeeepy.
Here's the full synopsis... sounds like a trip:
In the central tale, a Japanese man (Matsumoto) wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Soon the imprisoned man is engaged in absurd and hilarious attempts to escape the gleaming room, releasing random objects from the walls, creating a life-sized Mouse Trap game in which a rope, a toilet plunger and an earthenware jug full of sushi might just be the keys to his escape.
Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green-masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match. His family gathers around him, worried about his seeming impassivity before battle. As the nameless prisoner appears closer to escape and Escargot Man steps into the ring, Matsumoto amplifies the baffling yet suspenseful atmosphere to a crescendo of ridiculous excess.
The funny little flick about soul extraction, starring Paul Giamatti as himself, is getting a limited release in New York and LA on August 7th. So to celebrate, check out this new clip. The film follows the saddened actor who looks to release a little stress by removing his soul from his body. But when his soul is mistaken for Al Pacino's soul and swiped by the Russian mob, the actor is sent on a journey to reclaim what is rightfully his.