Earthquake Bird looks like one of those weird movies where you’ll have absolutely no idea what’s going on for the majority of it. This one’s set in Japan, so if you hadn’t already guessed that it was trying to ape that country’s specific brand of horror movies with their weirdness, then you have now been informed.
Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander – Tomb Raider) is a buttoned-up, MUJI-clad translator who has been in Japan for five years and is desperate to blend in. Her reticent nature hides old scars. There’s also the fact that people around her keep dy -ing – accidentally or otherwise. After a street encounter with hot photographer Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), she quickly finds herself under his spell, despite all the warning signs. And the pot is stirred further when American nurse Lily (Riley Keough – The House That Jack Built) – all blowzy sexual confidence and cultural naivety – arrives in town and Lucy experiences some frightening impulses.
The billing states that director and screenwriter Wash Westmoreland has crafted a moody and intriguing update on 1980s psycho-se -xual thrillers, shifting the emphasis onto the psychology of the female protagonist.
Extinction Rebellion should definitely check this out because if anyone needs a Wash, it’s them!
This Netflix movie is released in selected cinemas on November 1st, and then on Netflix on November 15th. Usually, “selected” means London only, but because of the weird nature of this movie, a home viewing looks like it’ll be perfectly fine.
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Susanna Jones (novel), Wash Westmoreland (adaptation)
Also stars: Jack Huston, Kiki Sukezane, Ken Yamamura, Crystal Kay, Yurino, Akiko Iwase, Burger Hasegawa
Check out the trailer below:
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