HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Aurora Encounter, The
Breaking In
Breaking In
Please Stand By
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, The
Deadpool 2
Smart Money
Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
Gangsta
3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt
Magic Serpent, The
That's Not Me
There Goes the Bride
Billy the Kid versus Dracula
Liquid Sword
I, Tonya
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
Bad Match
Güeros
Anchor and Hope
One, The
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Lucky
Still of the Night
Home Sweet Homicide
Mannaja - A Man Called Blade
Spitfire
Killers from Space
Castle of the Creeping Flesh
Ghost Stories
   
 
Newest Articles
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
The Ultimate Trip: The Original Psychedelic Movies
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
   
 
  Tag She's Like The WindBuy this film here.
Year: 2015
Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Yuki Sakurai, Aki Hiraoka, Ami Tomite, Mao Asou, Sayaka Isoyama, Takumi Saitô, Maryjun Takahashi, Chihiro Shibata, Hinako Matsumoto, Mika Akizuki, Cyborg Kaori
Genre: Horror, Weirdo, Fantasy
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) is a schoolgirl on a bus to school with her classmates, driven through a picturesque countryside location on a lovely day, but not looking out of the window as she prefers to be lost in thought composing poetry in her diary. She is interrupted by a couple of girls who make fun of her and cause her to drop her pen, but as she crouches in the aisle in the aftermath of a feather pillow fight, suddenly there is a powerful gust of wind, so powerful in fact that the top half of the bus is sheared off and with it the top half of the pupils, the teacher and the driver. At first Mitsuko cannot take this in, but then realises she must adopt drastic measures to survive the killer wind...

It's safe to say Tag was not your usual movie, although for its director Sion Sono perhaps it was, since it was well up to his bizarre standards, if notably briefer than his accustomed epics. The reason for that brevity could have been the fact that he helmed an incredible six features in the year this was released, this being one of them, so by necessity had to ensure he had the time to direct all those other projects as well as this one. If you suspected he was spreading his talents far too thinly, then there was little here to appeal to the unconverted with its meandering plot and light fetishization of Japanese teenage girls, especially those in short skirts, something to get over, then.

On the other hand, those schoolgirls were focused on for a reason as we discovered if you made it to the end, which was an explanation no less weird than what had preceded it, but made a kind of sense in that the plot was mounting a defence for the girls against the male gaze, or at least the male objectification of their gender. But even at eighty-five minutes including credits, there was a lot to get through to reach that conclusion, and hardly any of it relevant to a discussion of sexual politics as far as the uninitiated could discern - the initiated may have had a little trouble solving that particular riddle as well, as Tag came across as the product of a seriously easily distracted mind.

What would happen to Mitsuko was relevant as far as her identity crisis was progressing, but getting into specifics was a trickier option and one seemingly connected to the inner workings of nobody's mind but Sion's. Every so often a striking image would appear to be making a grand statement about the female place in society, be that one of the girls getting chomped repeatedly in the genitals by a huge crocodile or the teachers at the school deciding they have no patience with classroom rebellion and deciding the solution is to arm themselves and start shooting and blowing up their pupils in an extended sequence, but in spite of bits of business such as that where you may think you could understand what the movie was getting at, as a whole it cleaved too close to the incoherent, even random, to relate to.

With all that in mind, you might think Tag was a complete mess and probably not worth your time bothering with if it was going to play out as nearly an hour-and-a-half of confusion and discombobulation, yet Sion had his own curious integrity and dedication to his vision that would be dismissed at the peril of missing something truly provocative and fascinating. Admittedly, there's no way this was going to be the cup of tea for the mass market, but fans of extreme cinema or simply those who wanted a headtrip of a movie to tickle the WTF? muscle in their cognitive faculties would find a lot to appreciate. It can be good to see a work that challenged, and if it was as darkly playful as this, with Mitsuko changing her personality and even body as much as she changed her location, the effects could be genuinely bracing. There was nobody in the West making films like this, and barely anyone in Japan for that matter, leaving a conclusion that would baffle many, but seeing a minority nodding "I get it!"

[Just trailers on Eureka's Blu-ray, but the film was a feast for (two of) the senses.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 514 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
  Afra Khan
  Dan Malone
   

 

Last Updated: