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It's Me, It's Me ("Ore, Ore")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2013
  • 119 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Hosted by Writer/Director Satoshi Miki

Opening film of Camera Lucida

WINNER: My Movies Audience Award, Udine Far East Film Festival 2013

“Goes... beyond cute quirk territory into the strange and nightmarish” - Mark Schilling, JAPAN TIMES

“Anarchic” - FILM BIZ ASIA


Once a photographer, Hitoshi is now a mere sales attendant at an electronics store. Jaded and disillusioned, the 28-year-old is used to going unnoticed and struggles to inspire respect. As he once again gets walked all over, this time by a restaurant patron, he decides to steal the man’s cell phone and goes so far as to scam his mother by posing as the guy, a certain Daiki. At this very moment, Hitoshi falls into a spiral of events that feels like a cross between Boris Vian’s playful surrealism and Franz Kafka’s strangeness and angst. Once at home, he comes face to face with Daiki’s mother, who is acting perfectly normal as though both of them were part of the same family. Worse, when Hitoshi goes to visit his own mother, she kicks him out claiming that she’s never met him. The next thing he knows, a clone of himself appears and reveals to him the presence of yet another doppelganger. The three dead-ringers thus organise a meeting and become friends, discovering the advantages of this multiplication of the self. However, the mass arrival of more or less successful duplicates of themselves will eventually require radical measures…

IT’S ME, IT’S ME offers a labyrinthine narrative coloured by magic realism and inspired by the works of David Lynch, Monty Python, Charlie Kaufman and of course Spike Jonze’s BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. Adapted from the novel by award-winning author Tomoyuki Hoshino, Satoshi Miki’s newest feature film falls in the line of ADRIFT IN TOKYO and INSTANT SWAMP, his two previous works, through its quirky humour, offbeat soundtrack, remarkably asymmetrical aesthetic and amazing capacity to fill the screen with visual gags. However, Miki engages in a drastic shift in tone during the last act, when Hitoshi’s multiplication takes on unimaginable proportions. The fantastical comedy suddenly transforms into a sort of surreal thriller in which the filmmaker displays the extent of his talents in moments of high tension. IT’S ME, IT’S ME also rests heavily on the shoulders of Kazuya Kamenashi of the J-pop group KAT-TUN, who dazzles us as the many Hitoshis, expressing their distinct personalities with gusto. If you loved madcap Japanese films like SURVIVE STYLE 5+, MILOCRORZE and SYMBOL, IT’S ME, IT’S ME will surely prove to be one of the best films of your cinephile year.

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— Nicolas Archambault