[quote]If you look at them just right, the most mundane elements of daily life can seem utterly bizarre. Conversely, the strangest, most inexplicable things can seem perfectly ordinary. That?s the lunatic logic behind Funky Forest, a sprawling omnibus of the obvious and the oddball, the casual and the completely insane. If you?re reading this in hopes of being handed a sensible synopsis of a straightforward story, you?re out of luck - Funky Forest?s daringly disjointed narrative is a mish-mash of blackouts, non-sequiturs, flashbacks, lucid dreams, magical moments and so much more. Awkward stumbles on the path to romance, and others of life?s little disappointments, are woven together with all sorts of extraterrestrial freaks and incomprehensible biological curiosities, music-video mayhem and mind-bending theatrics, and psychedelic surrealism of the finest grade, delivered with a deadpan shrug.
Collaborating with hotshot advertisement directors Hajime Ishimine and Shinichiro Miki, director Ishii brings together elements of his previous films ? the rock ?n? roll hipster chic of ?98?s Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, the discombobulated time-flow of 2000?s Party 7 and the lyrical, humane surrealism of ?04?s The Taste of Tea. Watch out, though, because the trick the trio pull off time and time again in Funky Forest is a delightfully devious one. Just as they?ve convinced you that things seem to be settling into some semblance of normalcy, you suddenly realize that you?re neck-deep in deranged weirdness. The capable cast includes Tadanobu Asano, as well as the great Susumu Terajima, a regular in the films of Hiroki "Sabu" Tanaka and Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, and Hideaki Anno, best known for his work behind the camera on the outstanding animes Neon Genesis Evangelion and FLCL, and of course the live-action Cutey Honey. In other words, Funky Forest gathers together some of the leading figures of Japan?s new wave of outrageously original pop cinema, and then sets them loose to confuse you, amuse you, repulse you, excite you and just plain freak you out. [/quote]
IMDB User Comments:
[quote]Maybe the strangest film I've seen
NAISU NO MORI - FIRST CONTACT may well be the strangest film I've ever seen... a 2.5 hour head-scratcher combining the efforts of three director/writers into a whole with no discernible plot! the film is essentially a number of short stories or vignettes, mixed together and occasionally crossing over (Tadanobu Asano and Susumu Terajima appear in a large number of the scenes). The content of these pieces is extremely varied, and beyond unpredictable. There's bits of stand-up comedy, animation, music, dance and other moments that are entirely inexplicable. We spend quite a bit of time inside character's daydreams, and we make first contact with some very odd little aliens. The film even has its own commercials and (thankfully) a 3 minute intermission.
This is undoubtedly an avante-garde film, I don't know if calling it "arthouse' is appropriate because it's so silly and funny (not like the kind of austere beard-strokers that one usually calls "arthouse"). There is some truly mad stuff going on, but there doesn't appear to be any deeper meaning or message to any of it... in fact I'm not sure what the "purpose" of the film is at all, except for the film-makers to go nuts.
At 150 minutes it must be admitted that the film outstays its welcome a little... sitting in a theatre for that long it's nice to have *some* sort of narrative to get carried away on (it's enough time to spin quite an epic). NAISU NO MORI feels almost like it should be an ambient film - on at a club or something. I can't think of any more eclectic film in cinematic history. Think SURVIVE STYLE 5+ meets Kitano's GETTING ANY meets NAKED LUNCH meets Alejandro Jodorowsky meets Aphex Twin, and you're getting somewhere near where the film is at![/quote]
Name: Funky Forest: The First Contact
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