Peep "TV" Show (2003) Review
(More customer reviews)The movie explores the effect of 9/11 on two young Japanese: Hasegawa, who runs a voyeuristic website, and Moe, who is a Gothic Lolita. They are fascinated and repelled by 9/11, and are drawn to study every detail of the terrorists. They seem unable to make sense of the modern world after 9/11. They feel completely alienated, and react by descending deeper and deeper into nihilism, voyeurism, and exhibitionism.
The director is primarily a documentary film maker, and the movie has a documentary feel to it. The cinematography include footage from surveillance cameras and from hand held (and often pin-hole) cameras, with interspersed news clips, giving the movie a quasi-documentary feel. According to the written material included with the DVD, many of the actors are not professional actors and essentially play themselves while being encouraged to ad-lib the dialogue. The movie has a raw, edgy feel to it.
It is an interesting, compelling, and unusual movie.
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From Japan comes this disturbing film that intentionally blurs the line between documentary and fiction. Two mixed-up social misfits, Hasegawa and Moe, have a meeting of the minds when they run into each other on a Tokyo street. Hasegawa is secretly shooting video of unsuspecting people, which he then broadcasts over his Internet site, called Peep TV. Moe, who dressesin the ultra-modern fashion known as Gothic Lolita, has watched Peep TV web site and wants to join Hasegawas voyeuristic enterprise. Together, the jaded couple takes the concept of reality TV to a new, hideous level. Director Yutaka Tsuchiya weaves the story of Hasegawa and Moe around real images of our modern world, includingfootage from surveillance cameras and news clips from the terrorist attacks on 9/11. This tapestry of factual images and fictional storytelling offers compelling insight into our media-driven society and how it rules our lives with images offear, terror, and torture.