Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

Three brothers, Masaichi, Masaru and Masao*, struggle to be popular and get girlfriends. That’s the basic thread of this movie, which has 21 segments that may or may not make any sense to the overall narrative. Sometimes, the movie is content to be a science-fiction comedy and others, it just turns into dance battles and a tribute to Cronenberg’s eXistenZ where a girl plugs a wire for her stomach to a TV, at which point an open anus appears and another character shoves his fist into it, pulling out a miniature sushi chef.

The best way I can explain this movie is through some of the narration, which sounds like it came straight out of Prince of Darkness: “Only appearing in your dream. Distorting every sound to create a world like to other. This is what they live for; jumping from one person’s dream to another. Once you have been chosen, you will lose all control of your dreams.”

Co-written and co-directed by Katsuhito Ishii (The Taste of Tea, the animated parts of Kill Bill, Redline), Hajime Ishimine and Shunichiro Miki, I would describe this movie as watching five TV shows all constantly shifting channels while multiple people scream in your face. So yeah, I loved it.

*One brother is Guitar Brother, the other is constantly aroused and the third is a chubby American child. No, none of this is ever explained.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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