Anyone who's ever had a difficult roommate will relate to this outrageous and violent Japanese comedy. Educated, virginal, small-town girl Kimi and her glamorous, outgoing, flame-haired, big city roommate Lana, share a Tokyo apartment (2 bedroom, living room, dining room, and kitchen, hence the titular abbreviation). They already have their little disagreements (actually this was not too hard as they are opposites in every way), but when it comes to light that they are both auditioned for the same role in a movie, and know that the shortlist has been cut down to just the two of them. As they wait the night before finding out who will get the role, their personality clashes erupt into an out-and-out battle. Taking place entirely within the confines of the apartment, 2LDK is short, thrilling ride for fans of offbeat cinema.
«Clocking in at a spry 70 minutes, this is one quick visit to hell you aren't likely to forget soon.»
«With a strange title like 2LDK and an even weirder premise, many film fans might expect an over-the-top exploitation romp, especially when the DVD cover gives away the whole mechanized mania of the ladies' deadly battle plans. But don't believe the hyperbole histrionics. 2LDK is a fantastically inventive film about discovering who you really are, warts (wounds) and all. While some will enjoy it merely for its gal-on-gal girlfighting, there will be those who see beyond the same-sex Stratego to appreciate what director Yukihiko Tsutsumi is really getting at. And they will be rewarded with a wildly original, incredibly insightful experience. 2LDK is an exceptional film.»
«“2LDK” works best in the beginning, when the two women’s neurosis provides some funny moments, such as Nozomi writing her initials on all her things, or how Lana tries to convince Nozomi she actually has an acting career. The second half, with its lengthy (not to mention vicious and bloody) mano-a-mano confrontation does seem to go on for much too long.»
«Due to the time constraints and the relative inexperience of both actresses Tsutsumi decided to employ the Jun-dori style of film-making in which scenes are filmed in proper order from beginning to end, allowing for more realistic performances. Toward the end of the seven day time limit both actresses caught a flu virus and had 102 degree fevers during some of the most physically-demanding scenes of the film. This may have been a blessing in disguise because in some of the scenes where they’ve both totally snapped and are supposed to be out of it they really do seem out of it due to a combination of fever and a tight shooting schedule. The result is an enjoyable 70 minutes of exaggerated female hostility that lives up to its own simple-yet-fascinating premise.»
«Many critics like to take ultra-violent films like this and attribute social significance to it, but I won't really bother, as it would be disingenuous for me to try. It's really a slowly developing drama, followed by some humorous "Odd Couple" squabbles, a no holds barred brawl, and in the end, and to cap it off, a predictable moment of irony. »
«At the end of the day this is a great film for watching over take-out with your girlfriend, or for introducing a buddy to Japanese cinema. It's easy to digest, it's great fun to watch, and the film itself is so deceptively simple that it makes the quality of the feature overall shocking. It's neither pretentious in its presentation of themes and intellectual arguments, nor simplistically dumb in the lax way it shows them to the audience.»
«At barely 70 minutes, it's almost a throwaway, yet still remains largely entertaining, and is certainly unique.»
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