Sunday, July 9, 2017

Birds (Working Title) [Short Film] (2016)

Director: Koji Fukada

Cast: Minako Inoue, Takenori Kaneko, Yuko Kibiki, Hiroaki Morooka, Nao Yoshigai, Tomoyuki Ito


A brief, but very memorable comedy about a man, his lover, and a young woman with whom he is betraying his lover with. A dialogue begins between the three in this time of discomfort, and things take an unexpected turn.

Typically I don't have much to say about short films and I guess that trend continues here, but I can say I was genuinely surprised by this small piece. I'm certain there is something under the surface and more to be said than what is spoken. Firstly, it's meant to be laughed over and it provides just that in rapid succession of witty banter between our trio of leads.

I can't say much more than this for fear of spoiling. It's only 7 minutes in length, but this small handful of minutes is all it took to create something genuinely unique that has stuck in my head and provided me with a good chuckle throughout my day. As I said, it may be something that comes and goes a bit quicker than one might hope for, but it is one that will absolutely stick with you. I am a big fan of Koji Fukada, and this deserves to be seen by as many of his fans as possible.

Really hoping to see this be included as a special feature in a home media release of one of Fukada's future projects. If regularly made available, I would certainly recommend seeing this one. Truly funny stuff!

Written by Josh Parmer

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