HKAFF: It’s Me, It’s Me / Ore Ore 俺俺 (2013) – Japan

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Directed by:  Satoshi Miki 
Based on Original Novel by: Tomoyuki Hoshino (novel)
Screenplay by:  Satoshi Miki 
Cinematography: Takashi Komatsu
Starring: Kazuya Kamenashi, Yuki Uchida

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Reviewed by:  Andrew Chan

Reviewed at the 2014 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

Initial Thoughts: 

“It’s Me,  It’s Me” plays like a random and sponteneous comedy with plenty of hidden deeper elements in expressing about identity thief,  identity crisis,  self doubts,  conseqences of our actions and the underlying concerns of human conformity and cloning. The film drags at times and struggles to hit a core,  but Kazuya Kamenashi’s ability and verstility to play multiple versions of “yourself” remains the best thing out of this puzzing,  fun and at times dark experience. 

Indepth Analysis:

Playing with the idea of multiple versions of yourself is nothing new to the cinematic medium. Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman have flirted the premises with “Being John Malkovich” and even Jet Li’s “The One” have venture into this possibility. Therefore “It’s Me, It’s Me” is on surface a comedy, but it is whenever the film attempts to drill deeper into dark territory and thematic moments that we become truely intrigue. Director and screenwriter Satoshi Miki created a world where multiple version of yourself is normal and while not directly providing a social commentary on the effects of human cloning or associated side effects. Miki seems to be interested in the human condition, how the same person can turn out differently due to how they are brought up in different levels of society.

We are constantly bound by the consequences of our actions and every decision we make may well shape our future and personalities. Through the protagonist played by Kazuya Kamenashi, showed how easy it is to commit identity thief in today’s modern society and while multiple versions of yourself popping up may seem interesting as you are essentially communicating with yourself, people changes, wants different things and are ultimately self fish in thinking that they are the only one.

Think about it this way, in society, we act differently to to different situation, circumstances and even in different stages of our lives. The multiple versions of Kamenashi simply represents our own living conscience and how many different type of us, we will eventually realise in our lifetime. However, the issue with this film is that none of these concerns are dealt with or answered, but rather the focus is more on how the clones communicate wih eachother that eventually led to the deletion process.

The shots of the vast and dead end department store setting, where the tens of TV showing the same screenshot of Kamenashi in an early scene, perhaps alluding to what is to come. The same scene is given a repetition a few times in the movie.

It almost goes without saying that Kamenashi is a real star of the film, to be able to play different charcters and personality in a few roles is lways difficult and somehow he managed to pull it off with winning comic timing. Yuki Uchida is given substantial screen time as the mysterious married woman who constantly seduce Kamenashi. Uchida is one beautiful actress, but despite playing off eachother well, the added meaning of her presence seems rather unexplained. Perhaps, this relationship is he only spark that Kamenashi can strive for in his dull existence within the vast electronic department store.

I tried hard to embrace this film, more than I really should have and most likely manufactured more thematic meaning than director Miki ever intended. It is rather unfortunate that the film never drill deep into any of the mentioned issues and rather like band-aid effect, comic moments gets priority and that is not necessary a bad thing. On a final note, I have always imagined what it will be like if there is another “me” in this world. I guess, it is a scary thought and one that requires a deletion. (Neo, October 2014)

I rate it 7 out of 10

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