ASIAN FILM - Video
11:58 - 5th November 2012, by David West

The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker

Third Window Films has picked up The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker for a UK release in early 2013.

The film, released in Japan in 2007, is directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura, who gave us the excellent Fish Story about a punk rock song that saves the world from an asteroid.

In The Foreign Duck..., college student Shiina (Gaku Hamada) meets his new neighbor Kawasaki (Eita) when he moves into his new apartment in Sendai.

Tall, confident Kawasaki and short, mild-mannered Shiina seem to be unlikely candidates for friendship, but they click over a mutual interest in Bob Dylan.

Kawasaki is an odd duck, but in an irresistibly cool and charming kind of way, and Shiina can't help but be drawn into his more exciting, if slightly loony world.

Kawasaki's head is full of unpredictable ideas, like his absurd warnings about pet shop owner Reiko (Nene Otsuka) or his even more absurd plan to steal a dictionary for their Bhutanese neighbor.

Next thing Shiina knows, he's standing watch with a toy gun outside the bookstore, on the beginning of their bizarre, existential adventure.

The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker will be out on DVD on 11 January. Here's the trailer:

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