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Esquire (Singapore) - - Style - Your­self to work your way through the cat­a­logue of per­ti­nent Kuro­sawa films that aren’t or (

along­side Nor­ton, Mur­ray and Gold­blum you might also catch the dul­cet tones of Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Greta Ger­wig, Har­vey Kei­tel, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watan­abe, Liev Schrieber, Frances McDor­mand and Yoko Ono (though you prob­a­bly won’t catch An­jel­ica Hus­ton, who plays “mute poo­dle”).

And this be­ing a Wes An­der­son film about dogs, it is both a film about dogs and also a love-note to the Ja­panese film-mak­ers by whom An­der­son and his band of co-writ­ers, Ro­man Cop­pola, Ja­son Schwartz­man and Ku­nichi No­mura, are fas­ci­nated; even the fact of be­ing a band of co-writ­ers is a nod to the script-cre­at­ing habits of Akira Kuro­sawa. But just when you’re steel­ing

Rashomon Seven Samu­rai Drunken An­gel, The Bad Sleep Well, High and Low and Stray Dog), be­fore mov­ing on to the monster movies of Ishirô Honda and the post-war works of Ya­su­jirô Ozu, re­mem­ber that this is also a sweet film about a lit­tle boy look­ing for his lost dog. And that can be enough.

King (Bob Bal­a­ban) and Boss (Bill Mur­ray) with new pal Atari (Koyu Rankin) in Isle of Dogs.

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