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2nd(2006)
Hold Up Down
Japan | 2005 | 97min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical

PROGRAM NOTE

Two men, dressed in tight-fitting Santa outfits, rob a bank and stash the money in a coin-operated locker at a subway station. Somehow, Koichi, a street musician, ends up with the key to the locker. However, unlucky Koichi has a series of accidents that leaves him unconscious in a river, with the key in his stomach. Unexpected twists and turns allow the path of these men, along with a bickering pair of cops and a trucker with a deluded devotion to his Lord, to collide. But who ends up with the key?

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DIRECTOR

SABU


born in 1964. Also known as Hiroyuki Tanaka, his real name. He first started as an actor in < Sorobanzuku >(1986), directed by Yoshimitsu Morita. In 1996, he made his first directorial debut with < Dangan Runner >, which he also wrote, under his directorial name ''SABU''. < Dangan Runner > was screened in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama and drew kudos. His next film < Postman Blues > had huge attention in the Sundance Film Festival in 1998 and won him the Best New Director in the Cognac Film Festival.
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