Alaine - wrote on 06/28/12
If you read the reviews you'll get an idea of this movie, but it's really hard to get it unless you watch it at least twice. There's a lot going on in this and I have to admit I missed some of the things because I underestimated it. The script was passed on favorably by Toho in three hours flat, but the writer was told nobody would direct it for fear of ruining their career. He decided to direct it himself. There was a radio show about the story that developed prior to the film's release and a lot of interest in Japan before the film was even finished. It was a huge success, much to the dismay of Toho. They wanted it to be just a beloved cult classic, but its success forced the studios to change their ways and products (often in ways they didn't want). If you watch this, see how many times you think or say "What?!!!"