Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Cube meets Being John Malkovich.
Japan's hugely popular comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (Dainipponjin, MIFF 08) demonstrates his maturation as a filmmaker with this piece of candy-coloured weirdness.
An anonymous man - played by Matsumoto in a noteworthy example of great physical comedy - wakes up to his unexplained imprisonment in an empty, rectangular room wearing only polka dot pajamas. Where is he? Who did this to him? In a totally different reality, a green-masked wrestler, Escargot Man, prepares for a very important match.
Matsumoto flexes his creative muscle in the handling of two disparate tones and storylines that sensationally come together, in an exuberant and wholly original film.
“A mind-melting journey into the deepest realm of [Matsumoto's] imagination. To say that Symbol is difficult to describe is an understatement of epic proportions.” - Toronto International Film Festival