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Synchronicity

A befuddled collision of red herrings, homages and reference points, "Synchronicity" aspires to be a riveting, "X-Files"-like, pop-culture detective story but is only meaningful by spasmodic coincidence.

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With: Ando Masunobu, Reika Hashimoto, Kaori Kawamura, Shunsuke Matsuoka, Joe Odagiri, Masao Kusakari, Eiji Okuda.

A befuddled collision of red herrings, homages and reference points, “Synchronicity” aspires to be a riveting, “X-Files”-like, pop-culture detective story but is only meaningful by spasmodic coincidence. However, prospects in Nippon could be significant in ancillary; offshore, pic would make ideal fodder for genre-based events or midnight sidebars, where coherence is not always a prerequisite.

After a drawn-out sex scene and the first of several freaky disembowelings, film focuses on neophyte fashion model Asuka (Reika Hashimoto), an eyewitness to the gruesome murder, and her punked-out Japanese-American room-mate Kasumi (Kaori Kawamura), who may be responsible for the slaying. An inexperienced detective (Shunsuke Matsuoka) tries to pull together the diverse clues, but it’s soon clear that director/visual artist Macoto Tezka is just yanking the viewer’s chain. Still, despite the movie’s arty indulgences, garish lensing and wooden performances, Tezka does manage to imbue individual scenes with consequence, and helming is technically competent, despite obvious budget limitations. Transfer from HD to 35mm is OK. Despite his preferred English spelling of his name, Tezka is actually the son of famed “Astro Boy” creator Osamu Tezuka .

Synchronicity

Japan

Production: A Neontetra production. (International sales: Uplink Co., Tokyo). Produced by Takashi Asai, Macoto Tezka. Directed, edited by Macoto Tezka. Screenplay, Tezka, Haruyo Moriyoshi, Koji Tanaka.

Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Kazuhiro Shirao; music, Kan Takagi; sound (DTS stereo), Masato Komatsu. Oct. 29, 2004. Running time: 131 MIN.

With: With: Ando Masunobu, Reika Hashimoto, Kaori Kawamura, Shunsuke Matsuoka, Joe Odagiri, Masao Kusakari, Eiji Okuda.

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