Kôfuku No Kane (2002, JAP) C-87m. ** D: Sabu (=Hiroyuki Tanaka). Starring Susumu Terajima, Naomi Nishida, Itsuji Itao, Ryoko Shinohara, Seijun Suzuki. Another grotesque comedy drama from writer-director Sabu about middle-aged Terajima, who wanders through the city, completely alienated from his surroundings. He becomes witness to a suicide, is arrested, set free again, meets all kinds of desparate characters, but cannot interact with any. A comment on modern urban culture perhaps, this movie is awfully slow, and deliberately so. Sabu devotees should give this a look, others will be put off by long sequences, where nothing at all happens. English title: BLESSING BELL.

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