Japan, 2009
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Scr.: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Phot.: Yasuyuki Tohyama
Editor: Yoshitaka Honda
Cast: Carlos Torres, Edgae Bernal, Kurt Common, Arkangel De La Muerte
Distributor: FilmsDistribution
Format: 35 mm
93 mins

In the central tale of Symbol, a Japanese man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Soon the imprisoned man is engaged in absurd and hilarious attempts to escape the gleaming room, releasing random objects from the walls, creating a life-sized Mouse Trap game in which a rope, a toilet plunger and an earthenware jug full of sushi might just be the keys to his escape. Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green-masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match. His family gathers around him, worried about his seeming impassivity before battle. As the nameless prisoner appears closer to escape and Escargot Man steps into the ring, Matsumoto amplifies the baffling yet suspenseful atmosphere to a crescendo of ridiculous excess.



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