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3ft Ball & Souls

Sanshaku Tamashii
2017 / 93m - Japan
Fantasy, Drama
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A bit of an oddity, this one. The film starts as a pretty straight-up genre flick, not too original, but a fun take on a familiar concept. Rather than stick with it, there's a big turnaround in the second half where the film goes full-on drama. I'm not sure if this was the best decision, to be honest, but here we are.

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Four people meet up after getting to know each other on an internet forum. They plan to commit suicide together, but their plan falters and the bomb goes off way too early. To the leader's surprise, he is transported back in time, repeating the same events until he can stop the bomb from going off.

The repeating day structure is nothing new, the small group of people "stuck" in a small room is pretty familiar territory too, though the spin on it is quite nice. The drama didn't work for me though, and it made the film look like a suicide hotline-sponsored warning video. A pretty interesting experiment, just not entirely successful.