Monday, April 28, 2014

The Seaside Motel

Partially watched this movie, "THE SEASIDE MOTEL シーサイドモーテル" yesterday at Hello! Japan TV channel. Well, the movie is based on Yukio Okada's manga "Motel". So I was pleasantly when I encountered this free movie at the YouTube, "The Seaside Motel 2010 full movie english subtitle".

Here's the synopsis:
This is a story about one night in a motel. People from different walks of life gather at the "Seaside Motel". All the guests are curious why it is called "Seaside Motel" since it is located in the mountains and no sea is found anywhere near. The motel guests are in one way or another eccentric in character, and in one way or another, seem to be unhappy and unlucky. In each room, strange incidents and unexpected oincidences occur. Gradually, each story unravels, the paths of the characters cross and the stories interweave as the nigh nears the end. When the sun rises, as each hope for their dose of happiness, will they be able to find "the sea" in the "Seaside Motel" surrounded by the mountains? Come spend one night at the "Seaside Motel" and it is sure to bring laughter and a little dose of happiness...

You can read the review of the movie: here and here. Partially quoted:

Masayuki (Ikuta Toma) is a failing salesman, forced to this backwoods hellhole to peddle fake skin cream. He is not to return home until he has sold his entire suitcase of samples, but is suffering from a serious crisis of conscience and self-confidence. His evening turns from tedious to titillating however, when call girl Candy (Aso Kumiko) mistakenly turns up at his door and the pair seem to make a rare, genuine connection. Candy was meant to go upstairs, where grocery store manager Katsutoshi (Furuta Arata) had ordered in some much-needed relief to aid his marital boredom. His plan backfires, however, when his wife (Kojima Hijiri) dresses him in drag before taking off for the evening, threatening to divorce him if he changes.

In the room next-door, insufferable gambler Yosuke (Yamada Takayuki) is hiding out with his girlfriend (Narumi Riko), after running out on a ¥30 million debt. It is not long before the yakuza track him down, in the form of Yosuke's old childhood buddy Toshio (Tamayama Tetsuji) and his clueless lieutenant (Emoto Tokio). The fourth room plays host to scheming wannabe playboy Tatsuya (Ikeda Tetsuhiro) and the agonisingly high maintenance nightclub girl, Marin (Yamasaki Mami) he has finally convinced to come away with him.


What the film lacks in originality it compensates in style, warmth and overall fun. There are some pretty amusing characters and some nifty coincidences that will raise a fair few smiles along the way. Fans of the genre should definitely feel right at home amongst the colorful cast and events on display here.

It's fun really. I like how the scene at the (real) seaside is transformed to the painting. It explains about the 'couple' alright. Heh.

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