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Wool 100% (2008)

Kyôko Kishida , Kazuko Yoshiyuki , Mai Tominaga  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Kyôko Kishida, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Ayu Kitaura, Sayuri Fujii, Carolina Kaneda
  • Directors: Mai Tominaga
  • Writers: Mai Tominaga
  • Producers: Kazuhiko Yusa, Masahiro Harada, Masatoshi Matsue, Masuo Takahashi, Nobuhiko Sakô
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: 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: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VXWKF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wool 100%" on IMDb

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A pair of elderly junk collectors find their lives turned upside down when their latest procurement brings them into contact with an obsessive young knitter in the hallucinogenic feature debut of prominent short filmmaker Mai Tominaga.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the ...... ? January 11, 2008
Format:DVD
Offbeat and original (mostly live action) film by a Japanese animator. It is essentially atmospheric with very little plot or dialog. Two elderly sisters (who could have been created by Beckett) collect junk and fill their house with their finds. One day they find a bunch of red wool and take it home not realizing that a little girl is literally and metaphorically attached to it. She intrudes into their home and knits, destroys, and reknits herself a sweater/dress... and changes their lives. That's pretty much it but you have to see it to be cast under its spell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weird, weird movie March 31, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
OK, after the worthless 1-star review by the guy who got a bad DVD, I thought I'd chime in about the actual movie...

I'm so glad Amazon has this so I can order it, I want my family to see it. It's a pretty lively flick, but really, really weird. It's not going to be for everyone, it's quirky rather than horror or action, with some rather bittersweet moments.

It's the story of 2 very strange old ladies who wall themselves off from life with their ever-growing collection of found junk. One day though they collect the wrong thing and it has a young girl attached, who enters their home and their lives and endless ruckus ensues. Bit by bit the old ladies are reminded of what young girls are like and recall that they too were once that way. It's a charming, cute, sweet (mostly) journey of ravelings and unravelings, and it really tickled the heck out of me to watch it.

So... it's not gonna change your life, it won't make or break your movie watching career. But it's a really cute, fun movie with lots of little surprises, and very heartwarming. But weird!
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As previous reviewers have noted, this is one very weird film ... but it's weird in a very good way, a modern fusion between fairy tale and Surrealist storytelling. And while it begins in a disorienting fashion, eventually it all comes together in a skillfully woven narrative, one that never loses its dreamlike quality even when most of the puzzle pieces have fallen into place. The writer/director is too smart to make it airtight & completely logical. This is dream logic, where everything makes sense, if you don't try too hard to make everything fit just right.

As to the story itself: it's told in the form of a fairy tale, combining live action, animation, and puppetry to reveal psychological truths in a fractured form, often out of sequence. Two elderly sisters make a daily ritual of scouring the neighborhood for junk, which they take home, lovingly catalog in hand-drawn books, and cherish as friends with feelings who watch over them. But one day, a cache of bright red yarn brings with it a strange girl, one who knits the yarn into a sweater, then screams that it has to be knit all over again, then unravels it, and begins anew.

While none of this makes sense at first, there's a firm hand behind the scenes. Gradually a tragic story of arrested childhood & deep loss begins to unfold, and we realize that we're seeing into the shared psyche of the two sisters, where the mysterious girl obsessed with knitting is clearly both mother & unborn sister. It's no accident that the endless yarn is red, the color of blood, birth, sexuality. Like all genuine fairy tales, the film deals with intense adult themes on a child's level.

As I said, everything isn't wrapped up neatly by the end. A brief scene early in the film suggests that the two sisters may well be ghosts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars through the eyes of children August 22, 2010
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innocence, and ultimately liberation. The story starts in the present, and ultimately winds it's way back to the truth (and regret), which ultimately frees them, to have an adventure,
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