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28 1/2 The Delusional Giant

28 1/2 Mousou no Kyojin
2010 / 73m - Japan
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An elusive Oshii film. But good things come to those who wait, and so The Delusional Giant finally showed up after years of praying. On the one hand, it's not hard to see why this film had trouble moving past Japanese borders, because it is a weird one. On the other hand, this is Mamoru Oshii we're talking about. The man deserves more slack.

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Oshii is moving away from anime and film, focusing on a musical theater play instead. He picks Tetsujin 28, an anime sporting a giant robot, and he promises the world that he'll do his best to make it an entertaining film. The cast and crew are a bunch of oddballs though, and Oshii himself is losing his sense of reality.

Part faux documentary, part sci-fi mystery, The Delusional Giant is a film that reminded me a bit of Talking Head, but less cinematic. The final 15 minutes are completely bonkers and there's a hilarious sequence with big-name directors making fun of Oshii and his fictional play. The first hour is a little bare-bones though. Fun, but a bit too much like a real documentary. Oshii fans will have a field day with this one(so many references), others may think twice before delving in.