Hellevator: The Bottled Fools
Romaji: Gusha no Bintsume
Release Date: June 13th, 2005
Running Time: 96 mins.
Director: Hiroki Yamaguchi
Writer: Hiroki Yamaguchi (Screenplay),
Starring: Luchino Fujisaki, Yoshiichi Kawadam Ryosuke Koshiba, Kae Minami, Yuuka Nakabo,
Hellevator: The Bottled Fools is such a funny title because it makes
one think of a killer elevator but if you want one of those you will have to watch the silly, schlocky Dutch film called De Lift (1983). As fearsome and as fearsomely silly as the title sounds, the elevator isn’t so much of a threat rather it’s the people who are trapped inside it (the bottled fools) who make things hellish for themselves. As Jean-Paul Satre once said, ‘hell is other people.”
The film starts impressively with some world-building. The opening shot after the credits takes place in a long shadowy corridor full of grimey people dressed in odd clothes who are loitering around like homeless people under a bridge waiting for food to be handed out. Cutting through this crowd and walking towards the screen in a distinctive and familiar sailor suit is Luchino, a girl on her way to school.
She is our main character. She likes to smoke, a felony in her country, and a cigarette she discards has disastrous consequences later on…