I first saw Survive Style 5+ three years ago, and from the very first scene my eyes were glued to the screen for the whole two hours!

Released in 2004 (I was obviously a bit slow on the uptake!), the plot follows five intertwining stories: a crew of bungling burglars, an advertising executive, a family man hypnotised to believe he’s a bird (the hypnotist is played by the always excellent Hiroshi Abe), a man battling against his wife who won’t stay dead, and an international hit-man played (oddly enough) by Vinnie Jones. Add to this a cast of weird and wacky minor characters, and get ready for a surreal but highly enjoyable film!

For me, the real joy of the film comes from the highly saturated colours used as well as the quality of set design. I can’t begin to describe just how¬†sumptuous the colours are, it has to be seen to be believed.

This has to be one of my favourite films, as it provides the viewer with a wonderful mix of horror and comedy, touching lightly on the human condition and the relationships we form with others. Truly genre-defying, get your hands on it now and set aside reality for the afternoon!

Watch the trailer here:


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