Title: Tentsuki (aka Tenshi Tsukinuke 6-Chome)
Director: Masafumi Yamada
Starring: Taku Manabe, Natsumi Seto, Ryuzaburo Hattori, Akira Emoto, Akaji Maro
MPAA Rating: NR
Running time: 96 min.
After escaping from some yakuza guys who want to collect from his now-bankrupt employer, Igarashi manages to make it to an apartment complex managed by a friend, somewhere in an unmapped section of Kyoto, and his friend gives him a room. Igarashi mentions finding it oddly difficult to find the place, and how he gets lost every time he tries to get back to the complex. That’s not the only weird thing about it, either – the widow landlady often seems to appear out of nowhere, the bathroom has a bizarre recurring drainage problem, the hallways sometimes seem to tilt, and, oh yeah, there’s a girl living there who believes she’s sprouting wings.
Most of these things are treated rather matter-of-factly, leaving the film teetering on the edge of becoming a fantasy, but they’re also potentially explained by simply being a confusingly laid-out neighborhood, or a simple case of bad drains, or a strange psychosis. The pull of the surreal and fantastic remains strong, though, and the place itself seems to have a stronger-than-average tie to the uncanny. All that Miyuki (that is, wing-girl) wants is to get out of there, but she apparently can’t. Even Igarashi’s friend, who doesn’t mind living there, mentions that the town might need to have a screw tightened or something.