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Dancing Mary

Young architect is looking to lift the curse of a former dancer. Ghost story, social critique, yakuza fantasy and romance, this heady genre mix has it all.

Young architect Kenji is working on a gigantic shopping centre, for which an old dance hall must be destroyed. But former dancer Mary tends to kill anyone who gets too close to the building. Teamed up with a medium, Kenji needs to lift the curse. Ghost story, social critique, yakuza fantasy and romance, this heady genre mix has it all.

Dancing Mary is a ghost film that defies the expectations. It has the lightness of a new wave road movie, but also rubs against multiple genres, like horror, social critique, jidai-geki, yakuza, fantasy and romance. Imagine regular Sabu manages to integrate them seamlessly in its free-floating structure. On a social level, the film touches on bullying, company peer pressure, the entanglement between government and organized crime and the incompetence and cowardice of bureaucrats. Sabu tackles these subjects moving from serious to farcical and back. But more than anything, this is a delightful story of two pairs of outsiders defying the laws and expectations of the organized world.

Info

Type Feature Film
Director Sabu
Country Japan
Year 2019
Duration 95 min
Cast Naoto, Aina Yamada, Ryo Ishibashi

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