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I'll Be There with You (2006)

Daniel Baldwin , Akihiro Kitamura , Akihiro Kitamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Baldwin, Akihiro Kitamura, Adarsha Benjamin, Michelle Lawrence
  • Directors: Akihiro Kitamura
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Celebrity Video Dist
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026L7RNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A young couple, Aki (Akihiro Kitamura) and Annie (Adarsha Benjamin), take an innocent road trip vacation for spring break. Toss in some of their eccentric friends, a trio of escaped schizophrenic convicts, a psychotic, lodge keeper (Daniel Baldwin) and let the fun, sex, booze, infidelity, slashing, and atrocities begin. Writer-director Akihiro Kitamura stirs the bowl with his formula of hard-turn plot twists, comedy, animated demons that haunt dreams and bring out demented personalities that lead to the horrifying, unpredictable ending.

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It s a standard B-movie horror setup: A group of young, attractive friends take a road trip to an isolated setting for a vacation filled with sex and booze. Toss in a demented groundskeeper and a trio of escaped convicts, and let the fun begin. Writer-director Akihiro Kitamura stirs the formula with hard-turn plot twists, animated demons that haunt characters dreams (but also make blink-of-an-eye appearances during waking hours), a stylish burlesque show, and most importantly off-kilter humor that s at once frat-boy silly and David Lynch absurd. At the center of the madness are Aki (Kitamura) and his girlfriend, Annie (Adarsha Benjamin), whose relationship flux is fueled by Aki s commitment phobia. Along for the ride is Aki s best friend, Yabu (Daisuke Yabuci), a guy of dubious sexuality whose subtitled Japanese conversations with Aki prove to be a major plot device. As the film unfolds along genre tropes, intermingling sex and violence, repeating but then upending the obligatory depiction of female victimization, it becomes darker and knowingly sillier. Low-budget but slickly crafted, and decently acted by its multiracial ensemble, I ll Be There with You hums with wittily orchestrated ideas, including its own contribution to the reams of academic sociopolitical readings of horror flicks: the radical positioning of the Asian male as a vibrantly sexual being. --L.A. Weekly - Ernest Hardy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "LET'S NOT AND SAY WE DID" March 23, 2014
By Ron
Format:Amazon Instant Video
WOW!!! This is one of those movies that was not only hard to watch, but hard to describe. Its about a true murder story, young love, foreign students on visa's and a strange set of circumstances at a bar, an acquaintances home and a one night stands home.
This movie was way beyond strange from the way it played out and from the characters and their personalities/actions to the way the movie was presented.
They say that "truth is stranger than fiction", but this movie will give that statement a good run for the money even though its based on a true story.
Most of the characters are either annoying or obnoxious or both along with their bad acting you have a toxic mixture that's at the least VERY IRRITATING to the viewer.
The story is understandable although the way its told leaves a lot to be desired and was totally unnecessary and lacked anything that would help keep the viewers attention. It also begs the question of why was it even made or why was this the chosen format to tell this tragic story of the murders of these mostly young people? I found little to no redeeming value to this story the way it was presented.
This strange (not in a good way) story really lacks any entertainment value in its current form. There is some nudity and two scenes of rape, suggested gay sex, drug use and plenty of foul language including the F…word. Please, take a pass on this one even if its free to watch. That's where I made my mistake! _5 stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time. September 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Pretentious and boring. This mess is just another in a long line of films that make me wonder why I bothered. There's nothing to keep your interest and the occasional subtitles were needless. I couldn't have cared less what they were saying. Stupid bunch of American and Japanese 20-somethings get mixed up with some baddies and get done in somewhat belatedly.
The sound is awful and I lost interest almost immediately.
To be avoided.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll Be There with You... watching this horrible film. November 24, 2009
Format:DVD
I'll Be There with You: 3 out of 10: This movie is a mess. It threatens to become an interesting mess; but alas, it is in reality just a mess.

The first clue something is wrong, is this movie's supposed genre. Apparently, it is a horror movie. I'll Be There With You is no more a horror movie than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was. It has horrific elements certainly, but it is more of a drama and a relationship drama at that. Whether director Akihiro Kitamura meant to make a horror film or the marketing department at Celebrity Video Distribution simply choose to label it as a horror film is unknown.

Now what director Kitamura meant by this film is somewhat of a mystery; it is all over the place. There is a relationship drama, bar pick-ups, date rape, non-date rape, strange computer graphics from someone's Commodore Amiga, escaped criminals killing, Japanese nerd comic relief, and Daniel Baldwin.

Indeed a bloated Daniel Baldwin gives the best performance of the film. That alone should be condemning with faint praise. In fairness, the ladies in the cast (Adarsha Benjamin, Michelle Lawrence and Elisabeth Donaldson) are decent if somewhat unpolished, but the male lead Akihiro Kitamura is a black hole of charisma. Kituamura's tearful denouement is cinematic pain defined. (I would blame the director but they are the same guy.)

With its lack of focus and bizarre computer generated sequels I'll Be There With You reminds me of that mess Demonlover. But with a lower budget and less talent on both sides of the camera I'll Be There With You's mess is even less enjoyable.

There are a couple of good movies in here somewhere. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A chore to watch December 28, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Long winded with a lot of unnecessary character building, I saw no reason for this film. There is some T&A and a rape and a half but no real story. I couldn't recommend this one at all, even as a prime member freebie it's not worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disagree with the previous writer April 29, 2010
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Maybe it's the fact that I saw this film on the big screen (it was showing as part of an arthouse double feature in LA), but I really, really dug it. It's set up as a horror movie, it's weird, and I think Akihiro pulled off leading-man charisma fairly well. Alec Baldwin does give the best performance in the thing, though, I'll give you that.

Can you get this on NetFlix? If so, give it a go. It's trippy, it's interesting, darkly funny, and it subverts genre tropes really well. It's worth a shot.
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