1. And the Mud Ship Slips Away
Hirobumi Watanabe’s black-and-white story of slackers on the far fringes of Fukushima doesn’t want you to know that it’s a midnight movie—and neither does Japan Cuts, as they’ve programmed the film at the top of a Saturday afternoon. But it is. Located somewhere in the limbo between Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch, And the Mud Ship Slips Away spends most of its time as an amusingly hostile portrait of a 36-year-old layabout (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) who lives with his immortal grandmother and the new half-sister he never knew he had. A typical scene finds him cruising around town with his friend while discussing Angelina Jolie and her husband, “Brappie.” And then, one afternoon, our hero decides to become a drug mule and all hell breaks loose. The movie will spit you out into the high summer sun just after 2pm, and you’ll spend the rest of the day rubbing your eyes.
Sat 11 at 12:30pm.