VideoVista covers rental and retail titles in all genres and movie or TV categories, with filmmaker interviews, auteur profiles, top 10 lists,
plus regular prize draws.
INDEX OF ALL REVIEWS
SEARCH THIS SITE
TOP 10 LISTS
INTERVIEWS & PROFILES
RETRO REVIEWS SECTION
ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS
SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER
SUPPORT THIS SITE -
SHOP USING THESE LINKS
visit other Pigasus Press sites...
The ZONE - genre nonfiction
Soundchecks - music reviews
Rotary Action - helicopter movies
cast: Tomoko Murakami, Hiroki Narimiya, Saori Hara, and Sayuki Matsumoto
director: Masayuki Miyano
93 minutes (18) 2009
widescreen ratio 1.78:1
Third Window DVD Region 2 retail
review by Jim Steel
The clue's in the title, Lala pipo means: 'a lot of people'. This ensemble sex comedy tries to pack far too much in and ends up being a crowded
mess. There is little nudity here, so it sidesteps any prurient interest and concentrates instead on attitudes. There is much that is disturbing,
but that's Masayuki Miyano's intention, and he initially has the viewer flip-flopping between wondering if the film is misogynistic or merely misanthropic.
It's neither, but it's also about as deep as a puddle in July, which it attempts to mask through a hyper-inventive style that resembles nothing quite
so much as an explosion in a sweet shop.
Hishori (Sarutoki Minagawa, looking like he's just failed an audition for Flight Of The Conchords) is a freelance writer with no sex life
other than masturbation. Eventually his penis (played by a green, fuzzy muppet) tells him to get a grip of a different sort, so Hishori, no prize
himself, eventually beds the weird-looking Sayuri (Tomoko Murakami).
The next day, disgusted with the situation, he punches her in the eye and
leaves. However, he later decides to go back and see her, but she now has an eye-patch and another man in her room. The other man runs off and
Hishori strangles the girl. Now it is Hishori's penis' turn to be disgusted and it leaves him, walking off into the distance. Weird, yes; pleasant,
Hishori's upstairs neighbour is, if anything, even more reprehensible. Kenji (Hiroki Narimiya) is handsome and charismatic and has a different girl
in bed each night. Playing to their insecurities, he soon has them working as prostitutes and pornographic actress. And so it goes on. The other
characters are not people many would wish to share a journey with, and happiness remains, as you can imagine, an elusive quality.
The plastic-and-neon urban landscape is fascinatingly detailed and Lala Pipo will succeed in holding your interest, but there is a feeling of wasted
talent about the whole thing. It's like discovering a super-talented gymnast who can hold the lotus position while balancing upside-down on one hand,
only for him to use this ability to fart in your face.
DVD extras on this release comprise of a making-of documentary and a set of interviews with the cast concerning their own sexual attitudes. Both
lack the main feature's flair.