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3 Balls, 1 Strike
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by Scott Weinberg

"I have no idea what I just watched, except there's nudity...which is nice."
2 stars

3 Balls, 1 Strike (2000, a.k.a. Sex Friend Nurezakari) is...shit, I’m not really sure WHAT it is!

This 60-some-minute Japanese comedy (?) opens with a softcore hump scene and ends with a softball game. It’s that middle hour I’m a bit fuzzy on. By way of the confused subtitles (and in between moments of onscreen silence that sometimes stretch to 55 seconds) here’s what I was able to glean:

There’s a young couple (yes, the one that just had sex) and they’re going through the motions with a stagnating relationship. Their tedium is interrupted when the doorbell rings and in pops Tetsuamo. Neither of the young lovers seem to recognize the visitor, yet he repeatedly insists that they were all elementary school buddies. The guest eats all the food and flirts with the girlfriend before vanishing from the apartment, leaving behind his ever-important cell-phone.

When Tetsuamo calls the duo and insists that they bring the phone back to him, it seems that Sex Friend Nurezakari is headed for ‘road-trip’ territory...sort of. After a roadside screaming fit, the young lovers come across another couple having sex in the forest and the four quickly make friends. Then it’s off to the house of some old people...who turn out to be the parents of Tetsuamo...who turns out to be a ghost after all. The moral of the story seemingly has something to do with the old man, who starts out doddering and incoherent and ends his onscreen presence by humping away on his gloriously grinning wife.

Here’s another one you may just have to chalk up to ‘culture shock’, but I’ve seen Scrabble tiles thrown down at random that make more sense than this freaky little import does.

If anything, this one proves that ‘nonsensical indie flicks’ and not an exclusively American commodity.

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originally posted: 08/14/02 03:37:08
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12/11/02 Pinku Freak If I may Interject Sir 4 stars
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  Sakamato Rei

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  Sakamato Rei

  Kiyomi Ito

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