May 20, 2018
"The story of Mr. Sorry" begins on a strange note with a bizarre game show in which the audience and the viewers are supposed to vote and provide a Guilty or Not Guilty verdict... on a suspect spider in a glass box. This trial looks like any modern day reality show even with two containers named "To Kill or Not To Kill". With this premise settled it is very hard to not see the black comedy, but then, using flashbacks we find the life of Mr. Sorry, a timid man working for an ear cleaning company to collect the funds necessary to find his
beloved older sister, who has gone missing.
The plot mentioned before works in conformity with the titular character, offering him an easy to understand objective and a bit of characterization. We could say the character almost does not matter, but his interaction with others soon starts to reveal more intrigue. His life seems pretty bland until a science experiment was conducted on him without his knowledge by the company where he works. Long story short, he shrinks so much that he is able to reach every crevice of the client's ear due to his size. The interesting thing that happens is soon Sorry finds that he can gain access to people’s unconscious, this incident determining the appearance of some surrealistic scenes.
More important is that this is the beginning of some social commentary, the minds of people like cosmopolitan socialites, politicians, bodybuilders, businessmen reveal darker aspects of human desire. Even if it can be a little bit cliché, the movie satirizes these characters but also reveals personal aspects of Mr. Sorry. A journey of self-discovery can reveal also the dark side of one's personality.
With a little over an hour runtime, the anime sometimes might seem poorly paced and even if the characters are very simple in their desires you want more from them. Even Mr. Sorry, in the end, seems like a lost cause who achieved nothing but being a guide in a different world. It might seem appropriate, one description of the movie that I liked being "it’s sort of a Kafka's <<Metamorphosis>>, Korean version". The movie is well put together considering the fact that five Korean directors made it. If you can get over the rough animation and some intentionally ugly character designs, you can discover "an uneven unique, sensory experiment which won't be to everyone's taste".
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