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Naisu no mori: The First Contact (Funky Forest: The First Contact)

Naisu no mori: The First Contact (Funky Forest: The First Contact) (2006)

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Taste of Tea director Katsuhito Ishii collaborates with filmmakers Shinichiro Miki and Hajime Ishimine) for this outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother (Tadanobu Asano), his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother. Dance numbers, pillow fights, animation, comedy, and science fiction all combine to create a unique and disorienting viewing experience featuring such highlights as an absurdist tribute to David

Mar 18, 2008

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To describe the film might imbue it with a coherence to which it doesn't aspire.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Most of the sketches fall flat.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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There are Bollywood movie musicals that are shorter and more coherent.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Naisu no mori: The First Contact (Funky Forest: The First Contact)

Being "random" doesn't equal being funny, creative or interesting. Let this movie be a lesson for anyone thinking "random" means good.
August 12, 2010
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Essentially, a set of absurdist short films from three different directors, sharing some of the same characters, arranged into a sort of surrealist SHORT CUTS. The experiment produces exactly what you would expect: a very mixed bag, with many segments that drag on and on and go nowhere, and a sprinkling of truly delightful moments (most notably the musical numbers and the animation).
August 1, 2009
Greg S

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Ignore the synopsis on Flixster, this is a series of silly, strange or outright bizarre sketches by three Japanese directors, loosely linked by sharing the same actors/characters. It started off very badly indeed, then it grew on me and suddenly I found myself with a big grin on my face. A two minute intermission with countdown and music, more grins then bemusement, a WTF or two and then it finished. If you like those late-night alternative comedy TV sketches, Japnese humour or puzzling your friends , then definitely try this. If you lke conventional plots and punchlines, then don't.

May 13, 2010
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Saw this one at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and it ranks up there along with Schizopolis and a midnight showing of Army of Darkness as my favourite theater experience. Surreal, hilarious, stylish and lots of fun, this is a perfect cult film with lots of opportunity for audience interaction. As always Tadanobu Asano and Susumu Terajima (who is quickly becoming one of my favourite actors) were excellent.
January 28, 2007

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