Synopsis & Review
When Ryo moves in next door to a hot young babe, he begins to hear her activities through the paper-thin walls of her apartment. Her life becomes a sexual fantasy for Ryo, and he indulges in finding out about every aspect of the young girl. However, another man has also targeted the same woman, and he uses even more advanced techniques to stalk her. This mystery man's invasion of her privacy becomes increasingly more dangerous as he calls her threateningly and plants video cameras inside her apartment. When Ryo finds out about his rival stalker, he takes it upon himself to find out who he is and why he's obsessed with the same woman.
Man Woman and the Wall is a comedy with some dramatic elements. It is an extremely low-budget, but highly effective movie. I enjoyed how it first captured the audience's attention with its humor and explicit sexual scenes, leading us to believe that this would just be a fanservice movie, but then engrossed us into a very interesting and intelligent chain of events.
Right off the bat you can see where hilarity might ensue. Man moves in next to hot girl. Starts listening in to what she's doing including when she showers and has sex with her boyfriend. Another stalker joins in, but he's way more menacing. Rivalry begins. The comedy aspects of this movie were great, but when it came down to the scary moments, this movie doesn't quite deliver. It begins to get real serious at the end when all of a sudden, the stalker gets murderous. This really came out of nowhere and didn't seem to be in place for this movie. The film should have stuck to comedy and suspense instead of working in a crazy killer in for 5 minutes at the climax.
The main character, Ryo, although questionable morally, is a very likeable character. Even though he is technically stalking his neighbor, it's something reasonable for one to do if they had a crush on their very attractive neighbor and lived in an apartment with very thin walls. Inwardly perverted, Ryo is quite outwardly charming when he interacts with his neighbor, Satsuki, and although he stalks her, he appears to her as the friendly neighbor next door who buys her gifts and takes her out every once in a while. He also creates schemes to interact with Satsuki more, including going by her work "by chance" and also having his packages mysteriously "accidentally" delivered to her. I found his character to be very funny and likeable, which made me enjoy this film a lot more than if he were simply a creepy recluse next door.
Satsuki, played by Sora Aoi, is probably one of the main draws to the film. Sora Aoi is one of the most famous Japanese adult film actresses, and her popularity (and huge G-cup boobs) probably helped a lot to sell this movie. She has several explicit sex scenes in this movie, including one rape scene. She shows off her acting skills well in this film, and shows that even though she might be a pornstar, she still knows how to act. She is weaker in the acting department than the main character, but she still plays her role of the damsel in distress quite nicely. She also definitely has a lot of on-screen chemistry with the main actor.
Man, Woman, and the Wall is a very enjoyable comedy/drama that will definitely have you entertained. The filmmaker made excellent use of a limited budget and created a story with interesting characters that will have you glued to your seats. Although the parts that are too serious could probably be taken out, overall Man, Woman, and the Wall was a highly effective and entertaining movie.
Trailer for Japanese indie film Man, Woman, and the Wall. Starring Japanese AV star Sora Aoi (aka Sola Aoi).