An ultra-low-budget slice of Japanese miserabilism, “Fit” is a criss-crosser about lonely people, some of them quite disturbed, living in contempo Tokyo. Once the strands finally come together at the end, the pic becomes rather moving and melancholy, but multihyphenate helmer/co-star Hirosue Hiromasa makes it a slog to get there with intentionally fragmentary editing. Drama should fit into Asian slots at adventurous fests but won’t go much further.Plot follows three main protags: Sagawa (helmer Hiromasa) works in a call center by day, but by night, he dresses up in a creepy homemade superhero outfit and patrols the streets, frightening the locals; Tahara (co-writer Namiki Akie, impressive) looks after her mentally ill brother (Arai Hideyuki) when she’s not working as a home helper for the disabled; Nitta (Shine Midori), a wacky but harmless client of the company Sagawa works for, befriends his colleague Yui (the monomonikered Ohki). Also the pic’s editor, Hiromasa has a yen for blender-style montages that get a little wearisome; things are much better when he lets the stories unfold in a more classical style. Stylized lensing is patchily effective.
A Gunjo-iro production. (International sales: Pia Film Festival, Tokyo.) Produced by Hirosue Hiromasa. Directed, edited by Hirosue Hiromasa. Screenplay, Hiromasa, Namiki Akie, Takahashi Izumi.
Camera (color, HD), Hiromasa; music, Buji. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 15, 2011. (Also in Tokyo Film Festival -- Japanese Eyes.) Running time: 106 MIN.
Hirosue Hiromasa, Namiki Akie, Shine Midori, Yui, Arai Hideyuki, Kawai Takeshi, Ohki.