Day Fourteen of the 2010 Silver Shamrock Happy Halloween Countdown!

Happy Halloween Countdown Day Fourteen

I enjoy Japanese movies, not because I’m a connoisseur of foreign cinema who grasps all the subtle nuances in what I’m seeing– Ha!   No, I’m American, we don’t really do that.    I tend not to look too deeply into my coffee. Hausu is a coffee that I found totally impenetrable.   It was like watching an episode of Scooby Doo on LSD, complete with silly musical numbers and hokey physical comedy.

Oshare, hurt that her long widowed father has entered into a rather serious relationship and has presented his girlfriend as Oshare’s new mother, decides to visit her maternal aunt in the country, whom she has not seen in years.  Oshare and her barely legal friends arrive at the enormous house, and are welcomed by the wheelchair bound auntie, who never married after her fiancé was killed in the war.

Hausu is filled with surreal imagery giving it a sense of  extreme unreality.  People act strangely, cause and effect often goes out the window, the law of physics are broken– the world of Hausu is the world of nightmares and to that end much of  the movie is frightening in the creepy way that you only find in dreams, but the rest is a jumble of weird imagery that didn’t make much sense to me.  This isn’t to say that I didn’t find Hausu entertaining – I did.  I just didn’t find it to be scary or unnerving.

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