Starfish Hotel

Synopsis: This surreal Japanese thriller blurs the lines between reality and fantasy as a man searches for his missing wife while all the time he's infatuated with the latest novel by his favourite mystery writer.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Williams
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Year:
2006
98 min
12 Views


Are you awake?

I had a nightmare.

It's those damned books of yours.

See you later.

See you.

Out soon! Jo Kuroda's latest mystery.

Light.

A light, I said.

Lost my lighter.

You think this writer's any good?

Have to wear this fucking

costume to advertise it.

"Mr. Trickster"?

Load of crap if you ask me.

You work near here?

Yes, actually.

You're dressed for the part in that suit.

Civil servant? Nice house, nice wife,

kids in a good schooI I bet.

Well, we don't have any chiIdren.

You've got "pen-pusher" written

all over you.

Course, I used to have

a properjob before.

A wife and kid too, before

it all went down the shitter.

Now my daughter's whoring - at 19!

Makes you Iaugh, eh?

At least this hairy suit's

kept me off the streets.

Not that there's much difference.

Maybe the "Darkland" is all around us.

What do you think, pen-pusher?

You'll ruin your eyes working

in the dark.

What is it? A game?

My new client's buiIding.

Looks like a maze.

It's the concept - Iabyrinths and mazes.

What's the project?

A club.

What kind?

A risque one.

Sounds dodgy.

It's supposed to be "stimulating"

for couples.

I've got an invite after

it's all finished.

I wonder if I should go...

Don't talk rubbish...

Give me...the key...

I can't...

Open it...

Open what?

Broken contract...

Are you awake?

These too, pIease.

I'm back.

...four bodies were recovered

from the burnt-out house.

The bodies are believed to be those

of Mr. Nakajima, the owner,

his wife, Mariko, and

Mr. Nakajima's parents.

Police are investigating a link

between this fire...

...and 2 other recent arson cases

in Tokyo's Setagaya ward.

And that's the news for this evening.

Next we have an interview

with author Jo Kuroda.

Today I'm visiting a hotel

in the mountains of Tohoku...

...owned by Iwaki Publishing.

The hotel is often used by writers.

Also here today is the popular

mystery author Jo Kuroda.

Tell us a bit about your new book,

but don't give too much away!

Well, it doesn't stray far from

the themes in my other books.

So we can expect an appearance

from "Mr. Trickster"?

You certainIy can.

And will the mystery of "DarkIand"

become any clearer?

I think that'll be up to the reader.

How does the story begin this time?

As always, it starts with

the disappearance of a woman...

Chisato!

Chisato! Open the door!

Chisato...Chisato!

Hello, Kimura Architecture.

Hello, is Chisato Arisu there?

May I ask who's calling?

This is her husband.

I see - please hold the line.

I'm sorry. Chisato didn't come

into work today.

Thank you.

A train at night...a silent hospital.

A deserted park...a railway siding.

Common or garden, nondescript places.

Ambiguous, forgotten spaces.

Perfect for the purpose of writing.

I wouldn't know where to begin...

Everyone has a story to tell.

Once upon a time...

No, it wasn't once upon a time...

It was...

Two years ago...

Good evening.

I'm Arisu - I booked last week.

Very good, sir.

"NecropoIis" by Jo Kuroda

Strange, isn't it.

When I read his books I get drawn

into his world.

Do you like Jo Kuroda's books?

Yes...

I like the way they're a little twisted.

I can read them over and over.

Are you a mystery geek?

I'm not sure what constitutes a geek.

Well, maybe not a geek...

But a little twisted...

a touch warped, perhaps?

Yes?

A woman disappears...

the story has begun.

There is more than one riddle...

One is "Where did she go?"

The other is "Why did she disappear?"

You have to retrace your steps

to find what you've Iost.

What are you chasing?

It's like when a hunter is

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John Williams

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history, including those of the Star Wars series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but three of his feature films. Other works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island. Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. From 1980 to 1993 he served as the Boston Pops's principal conductor, and is currently the orchestra's laureate conductor.Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams composed the score for eight of the top twenty highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation). more…

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