CIFF 2013: IT’S ME, IT’S ME (ORE ORE)

Thursday 03rd, October 2013 / 09:18

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Film: It’s Me, It’s Me (Ore Ore)
Director: Satoshi Miki
Country: Japan

It’s Me, It’s Me is a truly annoying Japanese adventure comedy best avoided at all costs. It drags out forever and is excruciatingly slow paced. One would think a sci-fi-inspired film would have much more intricate details to get us excited about the computer virus concept of human “multiplication” and “deletion”. Sadly the plot is little developed, the acting is flat, the dialogue is boring, unimaginative and quite unhumourous for a “comedy.”

Perhaps I don’t get the super “kawaii”/cheesy Japanese humour that filled the film from beginning to end. (Can someone please explain it to me? Why am I not getting it?)

I’m sure there are people out there who found the film to be their cup of tea. It certainly wasn’t mine. The “cute” tag lines and facial expressions get old and repetitive really fast. Even actor Kazuya Kamenashi’s adorability factor doesn’t cut it. He plays the 28-year-old electronic store clerk whose life gets turned upside down when he discovers multiple copies of himself which somewhat puzzles him to rethink who he really is.

The film’s game-y music is equally irritating. It gets a C minus for somewhat fitting the film’s sci-fi theme, although I’m sure better music could of made the film slighter better.

The film starts with Hitoshi (Kamenashi) stealing someone’s cellphone left behind at a fast food restaurant. He scams the owner’s mother with an “it’s me” scheme and asks her for money. The mother agrees and deposits one million Yen into his bank account.

The next day, Hitoshi finds out the person he scammed is a copy of himself. Then the following day, another Hitoshi appears in the form of a student, then another and another until it hits a point where there are simply too many Hitoshi’s out there. The deletion process starts happening. Hitoshi’s are found dead everywhere. Humans are out killing copies of each other.

The plot does sound quite intriguing, doesn’t it? Almost like a big fat satire of our current society. But don’t be fooled, It’s Me, It’s Me is not thinking material. Maybe the whole point of the film was to give it a super robotic vibe with no open-minds towards better character development and plot lines. After all, we are dealing with some kind of virus that is making individuals multiply who then end up “deleting” each other. This could have been one hell of an action-packed, suspense/thriller, intense sci-fi sort of film.

I mean, at the end of the day, the moral of the film is “not to steal”, a standard unimaginative idea which makes for a standard unimaginative movie.

By Claire Miglionico