Friday, March 21, 2008

Funky Forest

I watched a few excepts of the Japanese film Funky Forest: The First Contact on the third Wholphin DVD collection. Judging from the clips I saw, the movie is weird beyond my powers of description. As far as I can make out, the film is a series of twisted vignettes, swinging madly from science fiction to horror to soft core porn, all tinged with that uniquely Japanese mixture of extreme cuteness and over-the-top body humor. The film was masterminded by Katsuhito Ishii, the director behind the beautiful film "A Taste of Tea." However, "Funky Forest" takes the quirks and visual richness of that film and escalates them to the point of madness. It looks to be a silly, surreal and disturbing experience. In other words, well worth seeing. Playing this week only at the Grand Illusion Cinema.

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