As far as one-take feature films go, Junta Yamaguchi’s latest mind-bender, Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes, is nothing short of an accomplishment next to some of its siblings from other directors. It’s an inventive little gem of independent, low-budget sci-fi with tons of heart, and I was fortunate enough to go into it a little more in my review last year when it screened for Fantasia.
Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes also bowed for audiences at Brussells, as well as London’s Arrow Video FrightFest and a US Premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, all while accruing multiple awards and shows of recognition around the world. At long last though, the film is finally making way to its North American release via Digital HD and Cable VOD beginning January 25 following Indiecan Entertainment’s acquisition last July.
Kato (Kazunori Tosa) is a middle-aged shop owner in Kyoto, Japan who lives above his cafe. He spends his free time playing in a local band and sometimes thinking about Megumi (Aki Asakura), the woman in the barbershop next door with whom Kato is infatuated. One evening, after closing up the cafe, Kato is in his room when suddenly he appears on his own computer screen. The Kato on the screen is using the computer from downstairs in the cafe and claims to be from two minutes in the future. Kato is understandably confused and skeptical, but things get really strange when he goes down to the cafe computer, sees himself sitting back in his room, and begins to deliver the same message he heard two minutes before. It’s not long before Kato’s friends discover the phenomenon – which they dub “Time TV” – and devise a plan to go beyond the infinite two minutes.