Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes Review
AKA Droste No Hate De Bokura
I don’t usually begin a review by telling you exactly what I feel about a movie but in this instance I’m going to make an exception. Writer Makoto Ueda (“Penguin Highway”, “Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar”) and director Junta Yamaguchi have created a dazzlingly masterful, spellbinding sci-fi time-travel movie.
The entire movie is filmed in one shot (or given the appearance of at least) on a mobile phone in a handheld gimbal and takes place in just three rooms over a little more than an hour.
Kato, Kazunari Tosa (“ Prisoners of the Ghostland “, “Tokyo City Girl”), is a cafe owner in Kyoto, Japan with his assistant Aya, Riko Fujitani (“Asahinagu”). Kato dislikes the future, which is a pain when he discovers that his computer in his flat above his shop is somehow linked to a TV in the cafe, but there’s a two minute time delay between them.
When his friend Komiya, Gôta Ishida (“Channeru wa sono mama! (TV)”, “Shady”), arrives and sees what’s happening, he invites further friends in Tanabe, Masashi Suwa (“Channeru wa sono mama! (TV)”, “Daughter of Lupin (TV)”), and Ozawa, Yoshifumi Sakai(“The Big White Tower (TV)”, “Channeru wa sono mama! (TV)”).
Ozawa is quick to realise the limitations of the setup, having just two minutes doesn’t give them much information from the future, so he takes the laptop from Kato’s home and puts it directly in front of the TV in the cafe, creating a Droste effect (the effect of a picture recursively appearing within itself), so they can see further in the future.
Aya, Komiya, Tanabe and Ozawa are keen to exploit their future selves for monetary gain, but this leads to a problem when some bad men arrive to claim their money back.
Suddenly Kato’s issues with the future will actually come to his help as he climbs the steps to face the bad guys, his friends giving him props as he goes because they’ve already seen what happens.
Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes is a brilliant movie, filled with humour, good acting and the amazing continuous shot appearance which, when you factor in the cast reliving the previous two minutes on a TV screen, must have been a head-scratcher to film.
It’s a movie that will put a smile on your face and at times leave you pondering, particularly if you try and think too much about it all, though luckily writer Makoto Ueda has realised this and put in some explanations of what’s going on at various points, so you don’t feel completely bamboozled for long.
Stick around for the credits too, not just for the catchy song, but also for some behind the scenes shots of the cast and crew putting the movie together.
Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes will be available on a number of digital and cable platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, iNDemand and DISH, beginning January 25th 2022 and we can’t recommend it enough.
Originally published at https://www.ocmoviereviews.com.