The story is more of a premise, and that premise is actually quite enjoyable. I mean, seriously. What would YOU do in a room for 15 minutes where you just had to wait? Now, this is before cell phones and internet, so you either had to sit alone or find something else. So, what would you do?
Although the version I watched didn't translate the many occupations of the people, it didn't take away any of the enjoyment. I thought it was fun watching how someone pulled out a couple smokes while another literally tumbled off the chair and fell asleep. There's a lot you can
learn about someone by watching them sit and kill some time. The things they do, in some ways, imply the things they do elsewhere. As an experiment, it's really quite neat.
The reason I have the story rated as 5/10 and not something lower for a non-story such as this is because at the end I was actually a little disappointed it was over. I wanted to watch some more. Oh well.
Art wise, the film is just a bunch of pictures likely taken every 10 seconds and then each frame sped up real fast as we watch the people sit around. The camera never moves and all you can see is the chair and the wall. This became much more interesting as things progressed because you learned there were other things in the room outside of frame. Like, a lot of things, and that made it really cool to watch.
An abstract OST that's really just a series of sounds like banging on tin cans and such. Nothing special. It's not really setting a mood, either. It's just there and unintrusive. I actually found it quite relaxing.
The character comes from the many people shown and there's definitely a lot of it. Everyone does different things and while it's not translated who has what profession, there's something fun about guessing who does what while watching. I think it added a little more to the experience as someone who can't read Japanese to simply guess what profession everyone had.
Much more enjoyable than I thought and while I don't think I'd watch it again anytime soon, I could see myself showing a friend since it's the sort of thing I'd go, "Hey man check this out, it's kinda neat and almost like a time-capsule of footage on what people did while waiting before cell phones and stuff.
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