The hits outnumber the duds in “Eat and Run: 6 Beautiful Grifters,” a collection of femme-centered tales corralled by cult writer-director Mamoru Oshii (“Ghost in the Shell,” “Avalon”), who helms the links between stories. Live-action follow-up to Mamoru’s brain-twisting 2006 anime, “The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters,” “Eat and Run” is a natural for fantasy fests and has some cult-ancillary potential.
Funky idea of manga-influenced tales of women who wheedle free vittles encompasses a range of subjects and genres, but shows a basic intelligence beneath its pulpy exterior. Best is Takanori Tsujimoto’s “The Drunk and the Dead,” with the striking Miki Mizuno (“Sasori”) channeling Sharon Stone as Quick-Draw Miki in a saloon-bar shootout in Japtown, Ariz. Cleverest is Makoto Kamiya’s ’70s-set “The Pop-Music Angel,” with Yuko Ogura as kooky wannabe Crepe Manila Mami, which fans out into a conspiracy yarn about U.S. cultural domination of Japan via TV. Most atmospheric is Kenji Kamiyama’s “Dandelion,” with Kamiyama himself as a diner manager who’s entranced by a mysterious former g.f (Mabuki Ando). Digital-tech credits are generally OK, though the result will look better on the smallscreen, judging by screening caught.