I Alone

Buddy comedies come in many flavors, but few are quite as charming as Tsukikawa’s latest, which pits a mild-mannered corporate lackey and a teenage wannabe gangster in a fierce battle against the yakuza and the corrupt mayor of their unnamed city. A decidedly cute kidnapped baby is at the center of the action, which revolves around the mismatched pair’s attempts to keep the child free from harm while trying to thwart the mayor’s nefarious redevelopment plans and misguided attempts to hold on to his office despite a strong challenge from a new contender. Along the way, the two learn a great deal about themselves, their society and the perils of co-parenting.

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Comedy, Crime, Action