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Despite a story menu offering a pre-pubescent boy, a high school girl and Internet sex, the essentially moral "Install" comes out all floppy, lacking the hard drive to either shock or tantalize. Based on a well-known novel by Risa Wataya, yarn appears to have been toned down to ease transition to screen and is too tame for midnight slots in Western fests. However, local B.O. on December release could be good, given Tokyo aud's enthusiasm at screening caught.

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With: Aya Ueto, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Rei Kikukawa, Hijiri Kojima.

Despite a story menu offering a pre-pubescent boy, a high school girl and Internet sex, the essentially moral “Install” comes out all floppy, lacking the hard drive to either shock or tantalize. Based on a well-known novel by Risa Wataya, yarn appears to have been toned down to ease transition to screen and is too tame for midnight slots in Western fests. However, local B.O. on December release could be good, given Tokyo aud’s enthusiasm at screening caught.

Asako (Aya Ueto, the lead in Japanese swordplay pic “Azumi”) is a depressed high schooler whose failure to adapt to the computer age is remedied by Kazuyoshi (Ryunosuke Kamiki), a precocious pre-teen boy who educates her on how to become a “web site whore” for hire. Two cute leads are not required to compromise their innocent charm too much, and, while the script’s critique of the Internet is refreshing, the finale is as lifeless as the world it debunks. Lensing is equally flat, and other tech credits would benefit from a reboot.

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Production: A Kadokawa Pictures, TV Tokyo, Nikkatsu Pictures, Happinet production. (International sales: Kadokawa Pictures, Tokyo.) Produced by Kazuo Kuroi. Co-producers, Naoki Sato, Yoichi Arishige. Directed by Kataoka K. Screenplay, Mika Omori, based on the novel by Risa Wataya.

Crew: Camera (color), Hidetaka Ikeda; editor, Shin Omori; music, Rita Iota; production designer, Norihiro Isoda. Reviewed at Tokyo Film Festival (competing), Oct. 27, 2004. Original title: Insutoru. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Aya Ueto, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Rei Kikukawa, Hijiri Kojima.

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