The Box Man @ Seattle International Film Festival 2024

From legendary director Gakuryû Ishii 😮

📸: The Box Man | SIFF 2024

The Box Man screens as part of Seattle International Film Festival 2024

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📆 Friday, May 17th
⏰ 7 pm
📍 SIFF Film Center:
167 Republican St, Seattle

📆 Saturday, May 18th
⏰ 12 pm
📍 SIFF Film Center:
167 Republican St, Seattle

You’ll need to think outside the box when you see famed director Gakuryû Ishii’s new film, The Box Man. Set in modern-day Japan, a very unconventional man wanders the streets of Tokyo, observing and judging society from the safety of a cardboard box. However, the Box Man soon finds his mobile shell coveted by a range of even more bizarre characters in this absurd, voyeuristic tale. Based on the novel by Kobo Abe (The Woman in the Dunes) and deemed “unfilmable” for over thirty years, the resulting psychological fever dream was well worth the wait. A surprisingly horny film that had me laughing one moment then quickly spiraling into an existential crisis the next. The fight sequences, in particular, had me bewildered yet entertained. If you’re a fan of surreal cinema, David Lynch films, and Kafkaesque imagery, then The Box Man will be your vibe.

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Sandra Woolf

Sandra is a writer and film programmer currently haunting the PNW. Fueled by iced coffee and love of all things pink (don’t tell the other goths). She’s most interested in finding the sexy dark corners of Seattle.