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I am pissed off because the rest of my damn review has disappeared. What remains is below. Bereft of pictures, quotations, links…oy. I will update and re-review this unique documentary some other time. But since I fear losing my work again…I am hitting publish now.

It felt cool to see this documentary before Entertainment Weekly put it on their must list and gave it a positive review. That touches on the dual edged sword of reviewing non-mainstream movies. When I review Avengers: Age of Ultron, I can get my review up before the opening weekend ends and can (hopefully) impact the decision making of people like you. Whereas when I review The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, I feel like I have accomplished something, even though very few readers have chosen to watch it, or even may have not even clicked on the link to read the review.

 

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Liza, the Fox-Fairy

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Liza nursed the widow of the Japanese ambassador for twelve years. Her only friend was Tony Tani, the ghost of a Japanese singer, whom only Liza could see.

This is The Best Hungarian Comedy I have ever seen. I expect that this will be the best Hungarian comedy, or movie, that I will ever see. The plot of this whimsical tale of a mousy personal attendant to the widow of the Japanese ambassador to Hungary. This attendant meets a ghost who falls in love with her. Long story short, the smitten, but jealous, ghost curses Liza–Mónika Balsai–to the tragic life of a “fox fairy”. According to the movie, in Japanese mythology a fox spirit, or “kitsune”, seduces men and kill them; thus to fall in love with a fox fairy is almost a death sentence. Perhaps the ghost chooses this curse because he speaks Japanese and looks like this:

David Sakurai as Tony Tani.

David Sakurai as Tony Tani.

The ghost, appearing in the form of fictional 1950s Japanese crooner Tony Tani, is an amazing character. He has an amazing look. This is like a better version of a Wes Anderson movie, and I loved Grand Budapest. I literally ranked it #1 last year. Tony Tani combines the best visual aspects of Max Fischer, Steve Zissou and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Yet under the surface there lies more malice than any Anderson character has exhibited that I can recall. Maybe Adrien Brody’s Dmitri in The Grand Budapest Hotel had an equal amount, but that was clear from the get go. The takeaway is to tune in for Tony Tani! And to stay for the quaint, romantic Liza and to see if she can find a nice man to enjoy a “Mekk Burger” with, who will fall in love with her…and not die.

Mónika Balsai's Liza enjoys a non-copyright infringing Mekk Burger with  Zoltán Schmied's Henrik.

Mónika Balsai’s Liza and Zoltán Schmied’s Henrik talking in a non-copyright infringing Mekk Burger, in Liza, the Fox-Fairy.