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Liza, the Fox-Fairy

Hungary 2015. Dir: Károly Ujj Mészáros. 98 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! ► A lonely-hearts Budapest nurse who loves all things Japanese begins to worry that she might be a fox-fairy, a soul-sucking Japanese demon, in Károly Ujj Mészáros’s sumptuous, inventive fantasy, winner of the Best New Director prize at this year’s Seattle festival. The film is set in a fictionalized 1970s Hungary, where Liza (Mónika Balsai) cares for the wife of the Japanese ambassador. Her only friend is Tomy Tani, the ghost of a dead Japanese pop singer. Liza’s bad luck with men takes a deadly turn when all her suitors start dying in freak accidents! “Blending Japanese folklore with Amélie-inspired artistic direction, this dark fairytale delivers touches of whimsy and a large helping of Hungarian intensity and humour” (Seattle I.F.F.).

 

REVIEWS

"Károly Ujj Mészáros has created something very special here, a combination of sweet and sour, flashy and dreary, gross and sexy, intimate and spectacular. The end result is very addictive and very impressive."

Twitch | full review