YOROZUYA DETECTIVE STORY
Directed by Touji Sawamura
Like a live-action anime, YOROZUYA DETECTIVE STORY is chock-full of action, adventure, and head-scratching weirdness. A colorful, off-the-wall cross between a film noir and a David Lynch movie, the film pushes the limits of reality, fantasy and good taste.
Shiro becomes obsessed with detective work after stumbling upon the ghostly abode of his childhood television hero, detective Jubei Yagyu. In flashbacks evoking the campiness of ‘70s Japanese television, Shiro reminisces about the man’s deeds and almost superhuman capability for solving mysteries. However, after Shiro’s own detective agency opens for business, he and his Watson-like partner Mio find themselves bored of being hired by neighbors for the occasional odd job. They crave a real mystery worthy of Jubei.
The film’s weirdness suddenly rockets ahead when a mystery begins to take shape at last. The men in the town are acting strangely, and Shiro’s neighbors might not be as innocent as they appear. As the surreal underbelly of Japanese suburbia exposes itself, Shiro and Mio spring into action and embark on a fantastic adventure.
With dastardly villains, Elvis Presley impersonators, superpowered infants, and a soundtrack by American indie band, Rocketship, YOROZUYA DETECTIVE STORY is a wild ride that oozes cool.
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Screening made possible by: Japan Culture NYC, NYU Asian Pacific Islander Alumni
Touji Sawamura was born in 1971 in Chiba Prefecture. While working at an auto repair shop in Chiba in 2013, he suddenly began immersing himself in work on his own independent films.