Director Takeshi Kitano, known for his moving and yet violent gangster genre films Sonatine, Boiling Point, takes an intriguing creative turn by delivering a puppet's-eye view of three stylized tales of love gone wrong: a young executive is bound forever to the girl he jilted by a red silken rope; an elderly yakuza godfather in constant fear of assassination discovers too late that his first love never stopped waiting for him; a former pop idol, hiding from the world since she was disfigured in an accident, comes to terms with the blind devotion of her fans. Kitano explains his films connection with bunraku doll theatre: "In the theatre, it takes three people to manipulate each doll. My idea here was to reverse that: what if the doll manipulated the people? If the Dolls told stories, they might well tell stories like these." Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Tatsuya Mihashi star. 114 minutes, in Japanese.