Japanese director Akira Ikeda's second feature follows Kogure’s surreal experiences while he works as a wire-bending clip-maker in a factory in the countryside in Japan.
Kogure (Sakae Tokomatsu) is cursed by his bullying boss on a daily basis, has his clothes taken without putting up a fight and walks around with a neck brace, an injury probably received after years working in the business.
He finds a butterfly trapped in his apartment and immediately frees it. After returning home from another day of work, there is a woman waiting for him in his room. She doesn’t speak Japanese but a strange dialect; however, he welcomes her to stay. In this bizarre and unreal world, Anatomy of a Paperclip is an unusual romantic comedy. The pace is slow and dreamlike, drawing comparisons with David Lynch.
According to Ikeda, the story was based on old Japanese folk tales. The butterfly that turned into a woman allows Kogure to come in terms with the issues in his life. Ikeda’s control of imagery, atmosphere, mood and patterns of repetition and variation are extremely good. For a fact, Ikeda is a new face for the Asian independent film business.