This week's film is a film that is indeed one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it is also a film that is quite difficult to find, which is rather surprising considering how well-received it was. I know I said I'd only put up films with decent distribution and accessibility, but that went out the window when [Wk:5] was City of Sadness. So, what the hey, I'll put this one up; maybe someday down the road, it will cross your path and you'll remember this.
A Stranger of Mine (2005) Dir. Kenji Uchida
What I can say is that I think this film, in a sea of today's slapstick, low-brow comedy, really stands out as brilliant, if only because Dir. Uchida stuck to his guns on this one. I don't know enough about Japanese culture to know what is considered funny, and comedy films often have difficulty translating overseas, but it certainly worked really well for an international audience. Be on the lookout for this film and I hope everyone gets a chance to watch it down the road.
Availability (included additional sources)
UCSD: Available (Limited)
SD Public Library: N/A
Play-Asia.com: Available (here)