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Film / Mystery Train

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"You know, Memphis does look like Yokohama. Just more space. If you took away sixty percent of the buildings in Yokohama, it would look like this."
Jun (Far From Yokohama)

Mystery Train is a 1989 anthology film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It is composed of three segments, "Far From Yokohama", "A Ghost", and "Lost in Space". The three segments overlap with each other, and are tied together by the appearances of the bellhops played by Cinque Lee and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

This Movie Contains Examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: In an attempt to get Jun to smile, Mitsuko smears a ton of lipstick on her lips and kisses him, leaving his face smeared with it. She then asks, "do you always wear this much lipstick?". This leaves a genuine smile on his face.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Joe Strummer's character attempts to shoot himself with his gun, but is interrupted by his not brother-in-law, played by Steve Buscemi. As they struggle for the gun, the brother-in-law gets shot in the knee-cap.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Jun never smiles.
  • Really Fond of Sleeping: Mitsuko explains her deep, abiding love of sleep, adding, "And when I die, I'll never sleep again."
  • Those Two Guys: The bellhops, played by Cinque Lee and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.