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Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ

Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986) Movie Poster
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Japan  •    •  95m  •    •  Directed by: Kazuo Yamazaki.  •  Starring: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Akira Kamiya, Kazuko Sugiyama, Saeko Shimazu, Shigeru Chiba, Shinji Nomura, Akira Murayama, Issei Futamata, Kazue Komiya, Tomomichi Nishimura, Michihiro Ikemizu, Natsumi Sakuma.  •  Music by: Bun Itakura.
     Mendou invites Ataru & Co. to his estate for a viewing of a large, aging cherry tree named "Tarozakura", which is to be featured in an independent film which happens to be financed by Mendou, directed by Megane, and starring Lum. During filming, Ataru cuts down Tarozakura as called for in the script, but the downed tree starts foaming and disintegrates. Afterwards, bizarre incidents occur all over Tomobiki, a mountain emerges out of the ground, spring gives way to winter, Sakura's ghostly friends disappear, Lum begins losing her powers, and Lum's friends begin acting as though she doesn't exist.

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Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Image from: Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ (1986)
Movie 2, subtitled Beautiful Dreamer is rightly hailed as being a thought provoking, existential entry into the Urusei Yatsura franchise. Viewers are often left to determine the meaning of large portions of the film on their own.

The same is certainly true for the fourth film, Lum the Forever. Then why does it fall short of Dreamer? Certainly parts of the film could be clearer, like actually explaining what the legend of the oni was.

But the main reason the film falls short is that the film breaks away from the thought provoking imagery during the last reel so that Mendo can wage a totally pointless war in an attempt to force the plot to resolve itself. Pointless not only because it's pretty similar to every other overlong battle in the series, but also because in the meantime the plot resolves itself without their help, or the viewer getting to care about what the plot was.

You know the scene in A Very Brady Christmas where Mike is trapped in a building, hears everyone singing, and finds the resolve to get out? Imagine that scene without the singing, or anyone actually knowing he was trapped in the building for that matter, and you pretty much have the end of the film.


Review by weird_beard from the Internet Movie Database.