The Japanese word maru could mean 'zero' or anything spherical - or it could connote the Japanese flag, the Hinomaru. Suzuki Yohei’s brilliant mind-fuck of a film invokes all those meanings and more.
Something very strange happens in the suburban home of the Suzuki family one morning. Jobless son Tetsuo is canoodling in bed with his girlfriend Yuriko when dad unexpectedly returns home … to confess that he was fired a month ago. That’s when a mysterious round object appears in the bedroom, stopping time and scrambling the brains of everyone who sees it. The cops are clueless, so a reporter from the local paper investigates. A sci-fi mystery spiked with references to Samuel Beckett’s novels, this comédie noire does things no Japanese film has done since Oshima’s Death By Hanging.

Original title
Maru
Filmmaker
Suzuki Yohei
Country
Japan
Year
2014
Medium
HDcam
Length
89’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Kitaki Kazz
Production Company
Magnetize Inc.
Sales
PIA Film Festival
Writer
Suzuki Yohei, Koyama Yukiko
Cinematography
Kashiwada Yôhei
Editor
Suzuki Yohei
Production Design
Hiraina Tatsuya
Sound Design
Hiraina Tatsuya
Music
Imamura Samon
Cast
Iida Kaoru, Kihara Masatoshi
Website
http://pff.jp/english/2014/01/ow.html