Friday, October 19, 2007

Naisu no mori: The First Contact (Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki, 2005) aka Funky Forest

Funky Forest: The First Contact(Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki, 2005)
Rating: 7.5

A very strange avant-garde comedy in the format of a variety show, or someone changing television stations on an alien planet. Essentially the movie is comprised of various loosely related yet non-sequitar short stories and vignettes that are intercut throughout. Funky Forest was written and directed by three different Japanese filmmakers and combines surrealism, dadaism, dream sequences, stand-up comedy, musical sequences, anime, and more. Homeroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Guitar brothers, 3 babbling girls, the dream invading girl band called Volume, and all of the interesting aliens that referenced sex managed to keep my interest for the duration of 250 minutes despite the lack of a discernible plot or meaning to all the madness.

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