Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn, A

Japan (2003), 61 minutes
Starring: Ryoko Asagi, Yumeka Sasaki, Horyu Nakamura, and Seiji Nakamitsu
Reviewer:
Genre: Drama
Rating:

Japanese director Daisuke Goto’s A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn left me with seven questions.1: Is A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn a somber art-house tragedy, intelligently scripted, well acted, esthetically filmed, and full of deep insights into love, senility, selfishness, and devotion?

2: Or is A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn a kinky soft-core porn flick based on a sick-joke premise?3: Or is A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn an avant-garde spoof of movies that combine two totally incompatible genres?

4: Can an art-house tragedy really be an art-house tragedy if the developing story is interrupted every five or six minutes by a sex scene?

5: Can a porn flick really be a porn flick if the sex scenes are counter-erotic and meant to disturb the viewer, not to turn him on?6: Can an avant-garde spoof really be an avant-garde spoof if it is totally devoid of wit, humor, intellectual playfulness, and specific references to other films?

7: Finally – who the hell names a movie A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn anyway? Sheesh.All I know for sure is that the mystical surrealist genius Alexandro Jodorowsky, director of The Holy Mountain, co-founder of the Panic Movement, and creator of The Incal comic stories, would adore A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn. No doubt about it. I can see the awards ceremony now. Eyes flashing, cape swirling, crazy Jodo would stride to the podium, give a grand speech, then call director Goto onto the stage to receive a gold-plated turd and a standing ovation.

That’s good enough for me. Never mind the questions – I’m giving this one two thumbs up.