[JFF] Suite Dreams / THE 有頂天ホテル (2006) – Japan

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Suite Dreams plays like one of those Michael Hui’s style of 70s and 80s style of comedy. Everything takes place in one location. Known as Japan’s “King of Comedy”, director Koki Mitani certainly displays a good sense of humour. In Suite Dreams, he is able to create a light-hearted, mindless, carefree comedy that is both outright funny and somewhat refreshing. Mitani’s style of comedy is simple; a bit like stage comedy, what you see is what you get, which translate to obvious comedy. In that, you laugh at what you see, you hear and how the characters react to situations thrown at them. While a lesser comedy director like Wong Jing will go overboard, Mitani never drags out his sets or jokes, which results in his ability to achieve direct humour rather than over the top annoyance. Running at over 2 hours long, Suite Dreams feel like a quick car-ride and breezes by before you realise. Movies made for laughs are a rarity nowadays and Suite Dreams delivers exactly that. All in all, Suite Dreams is unlikely to set any house on fire, but as a comedy it simply works. It is a kind of movie that requires the audience to check-in and enjoy your stay till your next check out point…

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Neo rates it 7/10

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