VIFF Review: ‘Special Actors’ will leave you with a feeling of pure, unpretentious, happiness.

Special Actors

It’s not often Matt and I both feel compelled to review the exact same film for the site. In fact, it’s only happened once before, with 2012’s Skyfall prompting two different Bond takes. It takes something truly special for us to feel compelled to both write about it.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Shinichiro Ueda’s Special Actors.

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Fantasia Review: ‘Special Actors’ is a wacky good time

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Imagine being an aspiring actor, but also suffering an anxiety affliction so severe that you collapse every time you are nervous or confronted. This is the plight of Kazuto (Kazuto Osawa) in Special Actors, the new film by Shinichiro Ueda.

Of course, that’s not the plot of the movie, and honestly, I am loathed to tell you much about the plot at all. It involves a talent agency that specializes in hiring actors out to real-life events, a family-owned in, and a cult. That’s pretty much all I can tell you without taking an express train to spoiler country, but to say this movie gets a little bit wacky would be an understatement.

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