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Secret Society
Secret Society
Actors: Charlotte Brittain, Lee Ross, Annette Badland, James Wooton, Lisa Riley
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Sports
PG     2002     1hr 29min

Secret Society looks at the life of Daisy, a plump young woman and her adoring husband Ken, who finds her so beautiful he is sure he can make a living selling nude postcards of her. Daisy is uncomfortable with the plan so ...  more »


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Actors: Charlotte Brittain, Lee Ross, Annette Badland, James Wooton, Lisa Riley
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Sports
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Wrestling
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 12/17/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Charming Charlotte Brittain Is a Female Sumo Wrestler in UK
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 05/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This British/German comedy film stars Charlotte Brittain as Daisy, who is a loving wife to Ken (Lee Ross), both living in Yorkshire. Daisy is a plump woman, but Ken loves her because of that, so he flatly says no when she says she would lose weight. They are an amiable husband and wife, but the only problem is that Ken, though a nice chap, is constantly unemployed.So, Daisy works at a local factory, where she is recruited by the chief of the place Marlene (Annette Badland, "Little Voice"), to join the "secret society." But that society is actually nothing like Free Mason; it is about sumo wrestling. And through the traditional Japanese sports Daisy finds something new which has been missing in her life.The greatest asset of the film is the heroine Charlotte Brittain, who showed a scene-stealing turn in another British film "Get Real." And she is extremely charming and endearing here; no wonder Ken loves her so much, and you will see her natural charms exude from the film. Her name should be remembered much more by the film fans.Ken is portrayed by Lee Ross with deft comic skills, and Ross succeeds in showing this guy in the sympathetic light. However, Ken's hobby (which is UFO spotting ... yeah, England is the land of trainspotting, so why not?) and its consequent comedy part is not as effective as Daisy part. Ken believes that his beloved wife's body is taken over by ... er ... aliens, but that sub-plot sounds too contrived, and only doing harm to the central plot, which should have been more explored.As a Japanese, I have to mention one part of the film; its sumo. It is obvious that they researched much about sumo, and the comment on sumo such as "shin (spirit)" "gi (skill)" "tai (body)" is accurately translated. And if you doubt the existence of female sumo wrestlers, please don't. There is female sumo in Japan, even though not as popular as males'. And they wear special clothes for the "dohyo" (ring) as the film shows.But, sumo is in fact much more dynamic sports than the film shows. They rush, they bump to each other, and throw the bodies of the opponent more powerfully than the film shows. Of course, this is a minor point, but I guess the film makers could have made it more authentic just by giving a call to sumo association in Japan, which, incidentally, would tell them that sumo wrestlers don't bathe in lake. And as to the kimono, we don't wear it like that.Finally, the film belongs to the charming Charlotte Brittain, and she is the main reason for you to watch. She makes the film engaging without giving it any patronizing tone. P.S. The premise strongly reminds us of "Full Monty," but the director Imogen Kimmel, it is reported, had already made a short film "Secret Society" in 1994 (on which this feature film is based), so the similarity could be just accidental. Whatever the truth may be, the comparion is inevitable, but unnecessary."