Jim Jarmusch:
(USA, Japani 1989)
110 min



MYSTERTY TRAIN is a temporal comedy that takes place within one twenty-four hour period in Memphis, Tennessee. The film is a kind of a triptych including three separate but connecting stories, like those Japanese films made up of several ghost stories, or the Italian ones consisting of romantic comedies. But in Memphis, it`s the Italian who is visited by a ghost, and the Japanese who are romantically inclined. And there`s an Englishman, too, who causes everything to get pretty fucked up by the end. Although the characters never really meet, in MYSTERY TRAIN the episodic form is finally just a disguise, and the three stories just separate cars pulled by the same train a minimalist`s version of the Canterbury Tales.

-Jim Jarmusch-