Ghost Soup

Synopsis: Agreeing to move out of his old apartment early to help out others, Ichiro shows up unexpectedly to move into his new place on Christmas Eve, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. As he starts to unpack, he is beset upon by a series of salesmen at his door and as a result he is already not in the mood to make concessions when two strangely dressed and mannered visitors, Nana and Mel, arrive and insist that he and his possessions are in the way of their plans to hold a Christmas party they cannot re-schedule. In the ensuing see-saw battle over possession of the premises, the pair seems to have some unfair advantages. For instance, Ichiro finds it frustrating that only he seems to be able to see the odd pair. Whether or not Ghost Soup can be made and served hangs in the balance.
Genre: Drama
58 min

Tokyo Mansions

This businessman who was

posted abroad for five years...

...rented out his place.

But h's coming back only

after a year.

And that's why you had to move out?

You said you were'nt coming

till mid-January after things settle down.

No, he's got nothing

to do with me.

The person living

in his place...

...was going to take over

my apartment when l left... he came and asked

if l'd move out early.

Sounds complicated.

lt does?

Well, there's the businessman,

the other person, and me.

The businessman came back,

the other person had to move...

...and now, l have to move

l was the last of

three billiard balls.

Sorry, bad metaphor.

No, l understand now.

OUT. Yeah?

You're the victim.

Exactly! l've had to give up

my whole Christmas!

And now l have to

give up mine!


Just kidding. But if l'd known

l would've cleaned the place.

Don't worry. l'll do that.

lt's pretty dusty...

You're very generaus, though.

l'd've told them to forget about it

and that'd be it.

l guess l am generous.

And there's lots of people

who'll take advantage of that!

Especially with

a nice young student like you.

Maybe so, but...

...Let's not discuss it.

Actually, l am upset.

Then you've got to

speak up right away!

'Piss off!' tell them.

Oh, hello...keep up

the good work!

'Piss off.'


Huh? When did you move in?

You just moved in?

So you don't subscribe to a paper yet.

l don't read the papers.

You're a student, aren't you?

You should read one every day!

l watch the news on TV.

No, you've got to read the news!

Try it out for a month.

No, thanks.




Public TV Fee collection.

You just moved in?

l don't have a TV.

Everyone has a TV.

Some people don't.

You don't watch the news?

l read the paper.

OK, the least

you watch the prime-time ones.

No, l don't.

Variety shows?

All young people watch them.

Yeah, on the other channels.

So you do have a TV!

l just moved in. l'll be buying

one soon. Come back then.

Don't give me that!

Sorry. l'm busy.



Do you know what day it is?

Christmas eve.

And do you know

what day that is?

Christ's birthday.

Oh, you know you're

interested in religion?


We're selling smoked lamprey

eel. Do you know what that is?

No, thanks!


Have you moved in here?

What's going on?

l don't want any!

Wait a minute!

Hey! You in there!

Piss off!

Hey, you!

When did you move in?

When? Today.

Today? Why?

'Why'? Who are you?

Will you look at all the stuff

he's got in here!

What's all this?!

Who are you?

Weren't you supposed to come

at the end of next month?

Yeah, but who are you?

So why are you here now?

This is a problem!

What is?

Tell me who you are before

you tell me your problems!

l'm Nana.

And you? What's your name?

My name? lchiro Suzuki.


OK. Now that we're formally introduced,

Would you please get out of here?

Not too bright, are you.

l'll explain so even you

can understand.

We're in trouble.

You know why?


Because you are here.

And your stuff.

That, too.

So if you and your stuff disappear.

We'll get rid of our problem.

OK? Now please leave.

We'll help you carry it...

just down the stairs, though.

What's wrong with you?

You're trembling.

Hey, take it easy!

l'll get you some water.

Just a minute...

This way.

Put the tree there.

A question...

Make it quick.

What are you going to do here?

What a weirdo!

Have a party, of course!

A party?!

What for?

Don't you know what day it is?

A Christmas party, of course!

A Christmas party?!

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Shunji Iwai

Shunji Iwai (岩井 俊二, Iwai Shunji, born 24 January 1963) is a Japanese film director, video artist, writer and documentary maker. more…

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