IMDb > Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005) More at IMDbPro »Naisu no mori: The First Contact (original title)


User Rating:
7.0/10   1,499 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 29% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Katsuhito Ishii (screenplay)
Hajime Ishimine (screenplay)
View company contact information for Funky Forest: The First Contact on IMDbPro.
An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother. | Add synopsis »
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
More fun that Nacho Libre...and Nacho was much better then i expected See more (15 total) »



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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Naisu no mori: The First Contact" - Japan (original title)
See more »
Argentina:150 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)


What did I just watch?
See more »
9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
More fun that Nacho Libre...and Nacho was much better then i expected, 25 June 2006
Author: Mab890 from United States

Funky Forest… I have waited 1 night to let this all sink in.

First of all a little back story. One year ago, I went to the New York Asian Film Festival and saw the film, Taste of Tea. This was a delightful family story which I surprising loved, even though I am the kind of guy that will never turn down the cheesy Hollywood summer block buster.

One year latter I have returned to the Film Festival. Although in New York this festival is packed with violent Korean films, Funky Forest remains the festival's logo for its T-Shirts. So the question you should be asking is, what is all the hype about? Strange foreign film at an underground festival that sells out every show it plays. The hype of course revolves around 1 man, Katsuhito Ishii, or perhaps that's one mans unique brain.

Funky Forest as mentioned by the commenter before me is like watching a Cronenberg comedy. Nevertheless it goes farther then that, it is like if Cronenberg, Lynch, and M. Barney, all had their head infused with each other and then Adam Sandler hit them with a silly stick in till the being could not breath.

If anyone is supposed to summarize what the film is about, then all commenter on this site will fail…miserably. One of my friends described it as watching shorts for 3 hours. I would agree it's a whole bunch of shorts, like a pulp film in a way. The stories are kind of connected but you are enjoying the show more then trying to figure out where it all hangs in the balance of the film.

I am giving this film a 9/10 because it did get a little long and tedious, but nevertheless the film had so many memorable moments that it is well worth anybodies time.

All that I am left to say is that as I left the theater I had an urge to buy the DVD, or a soundtrack, but instead all that was on the counter for me was a T-Shirt, and so of course, I bought it.

SEE THE FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Enjoy guitar brothers, mole brothers, little Asian girls, planet pico, dreamscapes, 3 babbling girls, and of course Homeroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (15 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
So, I'm Watching Redline Right Now aestevalis_0
similar movies heinzfaust
this movie melted my mind industrypro
the girl who's talking backward in homeroom scene kornfakefake
House music during the teacher/student scene iainbrew
The dance scene sunn-o
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Channel 101 And Now for Something Completely Different Evolution Awesometown Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Comedy section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.