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Writers:
Katsuhito Ishii (screenplay)
Hajime Ishimine (screenplay)
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Directed by
Katsuhito Ishii 
Hajime Ishimine 
Shunichiro Miki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katsuhito Ishii  screenplay
Hajime Ishimine  screenplay
Shunichiro Miki  screenplay

Produced by
Norihisa Harada .... producer
Kensuke Shiga .... assistant producer
 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Machida 
Kosuke Matsushima 
 
Production Design by
Shinji Inoue 
 
Set Decoration by
Asako Ohta 
 
Makeup Department
Yachiyo Owatari .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kensuke Shiga .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Koichi Mori .... sound
Tsuyoshi Sakado .... sound
 
Animation Department
Takeshi Koike .... animator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shiori Tomita .... wardrobe
Ikuko Utsunomiya .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Toru Midorikawa .... music producer
 
Transportation Department
Groove .... driver
 
Other crew
Kaoruko Igarashi .... choreographer (as Kaoruko)
Ryô Kagawa .... choreographer
Kazuki Kobayashi .... choreographer
Kazutaka Sugitani .... choreographer
 

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Also Known As:
"Naisu no mori: The First Contact" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:150 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Maybe the strangest film I've seen, 9 February 2006
Author: Simon Booth from UK

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!

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