Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Director Hiroaki Yoshida chose the much maligned cockroach as the subject of this allegorical live-action/animated feature to represent the Japanese and the negative way in which they are perceived in the world. Throughout the film, the title insects' behavior subtly mimics that of contemporary Japanese society and their underlying belief that eventually they may come to rule the world (in the director's opinion). The symbolism will be most accessible to those familiar with Japan, those who aren't will appreciate an off-beat tale that is filled with moments of humor and sorrow. The tale is told from a roach's eye view and is set in the chaotic apartment of the slovenly bachelor Saito. Though the apartment's previous tenants waged a continuous battle against the roach colony therein, Saito and the insects have reached a pleasant detente that allows the bugs to become complacent and decadent, until a militaristic roach from a neighboring building flies into their isolated world and Saito falls in love with the woman who terrorizes the visitor's apartment, great changes ensue .



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