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2LDK (2003) is a Japanese dark comedy written & directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi for Duel Film Partners. Starring Maho Nonami and Eiko Koike. Distributed on DVD in the U.S. by TLA Releasing.

Two female roommates, locked in a duel to the death, is the basis for 2LDK, a vicious black comedy about competition, co-habitation, and catfights! Two struggling actresses are sharing an apartment and auditioning for the same role. Petty squabbles turn into fits of rage that involves power tools and electrocution devices! 2LDK is a twisted gem from Japan.

Note: “2LDK” is a Japanese real estate acronym for “2-bedroom apartment with a Living-room, Dining-room, and Kitchen.”

Not rated. 70 minutes. Watch the trailer (w/o English subtitles) here …

2LDK is part of a challenge issued by producer Shinya Kawai to directors Yukihiko Tsutsumi and Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus). The challenge, dubbed the Duel Project, was to make a feature-length film in one week with only two actors battling in one location. Kitamura‘s film is Aragami, in which two samurai fight to the death in a remote temple.

My thoughts… 2LDK is dark, twisted fun! Yukihiko Tsutsumi ‘s 2LDK is much better than Ryuhei Kitamura’s Aragami and that hurts to say because I love Kitamura’s films, especially Versus (2000) and Azumi (2003)! Hollywood loves 2LDK as well. The film has already been re-made as Roommate Wanted (2015), formerly known as 2BR/1BA, directed by Rob Margolies and starring Spy Kids‘ Alexa Vega and GRΣΣK‘s Spencer Grammer. The Wright Girls, another re-make directed by Kevin Connolly and starring Jessica Alba, is currently “in development”. I loved Roommate Wanted but 2LDK was the first!

Read my original post on MHE (here).

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