Instant Swamp
Insutanto numa
Japan, 2009, 119 minutes
Instant Swamp Synopsis

Haname is a lively young journalist blessed with an exceedingly vivid imagination working for a women's magazine on the brink of bankruptcy. Her daily diet of gloopy health drinks aren't enough to shield her from what she perceives as a particularly severe run of bad luck, which all began on her eighth birthday when her father stormed out of the house, not only abandoning her, but flinging all her toys into a nearby swamp, including a cat talisman which she thinks must have been cursed. Haname sets out to retrieve her lost possessions, a quest which reacquaints her with her father, now a hippie working at a junk shop who goes under the name Light Bulb, and brings her into contact with a punk named Gus.


A fun Japanese comedy about luck and chance encounters, Instant Swamp is a journey into a world of bizarre events that aren't as curious as they first seem.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
An almost perfect rating for this quirky film because I was entertained by the level of acting performances especially by Kumiko Aso who plays Haname. Her character here is likeable... more
An almost perfect rating for this quirky film because I was entertained by the level of acting performances especially by Kumiko Aso who plays Haname. Her character here is likeable and she exudes positivity, wit, charm and infectious humor. See for yourself why this is a lighthearted film and be awed with that unique brand of Japanese humor, Satoshi Miki-style. 
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Reviewed by sharonmae
I like the symbolisms played up in this film, notice how Haname's fave Milo sludge drink resembles a lot like the water in a swamp? Lead star Kumiko Aso as... more
I like the symbolisms played up in this film, notice how Haname's fave Milo sludge drink resembles a lot like the water in a swamp? Lead star Kumiko Aso as Haname takes this story of a girl hounded by bad luck to a new level and save for some quite boring scenes because of dragging dialogues,  she gives color and spice to the movie.  Ryo Kase who portrays Gus also has his shining moments and I was entertained by the interactions between these two characters.  I suggest you give it a watch  as it do has some great learnings on seeing the good side of things as well as of self-discovery. 
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