2LDK Duel (JP)

2LDK is a film that acts like it could be Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2. A cat fight so fierce, only someone like Tarantino – or should I say Yukihiko Tsutsumi – could put together. Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi made 2LDK as part of a cinematic duel between himself and Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus), who responded with the film Aragami.

The film stars Maho Nonami and Eiko Koike whom play roommates whom have both auditioned for the same role in a film. Tempers flair as the evening progresses and a battle ensues that neither one will forget.

2LDK in Japan is used to describe an apartment that contains two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. The entire film takes place in one night in this 2LDK as these two actresses/roommates begin the war. At first they appear to be friends, and talk and joke around, only to begin a psychological war that would soon turn as violent as Kill Bill.

The film is very simple, two actresses, one apartment, one night, one battle. The story progresses in a very cliche’ fashion, the night begins fine, one pisses off the other, things get worse and worse until everyone’s true feelings are on the table. My love for simplicity makes this film even better, and to see such an amazing filmed on such low budget terms is very justifying when I complain about Hollywood over doing it all the time.

The pace of the film if perfect, after a little character building – and getting inside these roommates heads – when the tension rises, it’s hard to pick a winner. It’s not only hard to pick a winner, but it’s hard to choose sides – who deserves the beating the most? The tension is fierce as each girl gains the upper hand on numerous occasions and the seesaw tips back and forth till the very end.

The battle is brutal; after one of the girls breaks her roommates trophies and smears Ketchup (catsup – what do you prefer?) all over her room, a chainsaw is soon brought into play, which exemplifies the seriousness of the situation. They will battle it out in front of your eyes until the bitter end, but who will win, and does it really matter after a certain point?

When this Japanese beauty hits US DVD shelves later this year, you won’t want to miss it. Keep your eyes posted at Bloody-Disgusting for a release date when it’s announced.

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