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Katsuhito Ishii (screenplay)
Hajime Ishimine (screenplay)
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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 »
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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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Argentina:150 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful. might like it?, 12 January 2012
Author: Flololo from Canada

So you're reading the comments section to see what other people thought about this movie, and you're wondering if you should watch it (that's why I came here).

Simplest way to answer this: do you relish all super surrealist films and have a burning passion for all that is extremely weird cinema? Then you will very likely love it.

I enjoy bizarre cinema to a certain extent but this was way past the line for me. Why? For starters, it's too long for the type of film that it is, which is slew of skits and characters that from time to time overlap. It felt like I was watching footage from several films and was hastily stitched together to try and make....something. I can't compare it to other films because I think you really can't compare it to anything (this is also likely why its loved by other IMDb reviewers). For some reason people have brought up the Taste of Tea, Survive Style 5+, Kamikaze Girls and a slew of other films, but to me these films are all a world apart from each other. If you enjoy weird films but want more developed characters with a more stable plot then watch those other films mentioned.

I already know this comment will get the thumbs down and will be written off as being "above my head" or that there are specific Japanese cultural references that I couldn't possibly understand, but considering that even Japanese viewers gave it 1 and 2 stars on, I don't think it's necessarily a culturally specific film, just a film that certain people will enjoy.

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