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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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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Visits, 17 July 2010
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

With a project like this, it is as likely that it is a random goof as something with some structure. It could be both.

As this was sent to me by a fellow viewer, and because I am so inclined, I tend to see structure. And what I see I like — a lot. It is essentially a series of sketches, some broken up and scattered throughout. Others continue from or extend situations and characters we know. Perhaps these sketches need to be described a bit, as they are what most people will see.

They are tiresome in their humor. Unless you are Japanese, the satire will be lost. But they are amazingly clever in terms of the imagery: striking, unexpected and sometimes disturbing. With all the mastery in the images, they are surprisingly uncinematic, as if this was made not by real filmmakers but by TeeVee or music video people. There are little dramas of teen angst and performance played out, as apt as any John Hughes movie. But when it comes to this sort of thing, my benchmark is "Lily Chow Chow."

But it is the structure that matters here. The large arc here is the visit to Earth by an alien, we see at the very beginning. What we see is what he would experience of us if he encountered a Japanese high school. The main characters here are three girlfriends and three brothers. Their baseline skits are set in ordinary reality with exaggerated behavior. Layered on that are diverse performances, many of dance that they do that get as abstract as the rest I will describe. Layered on that are their numerous dreams and illustrated stories. And layered on that is the story of and references to making the movie.

Any of these is likely to be less or more abstract. They are woven together by recurring characters (including strange parasitic creatures that can be played musically). At the higher level of the dreams and outer framing, we have the same actors playing multiple roles. I haven't taken the time to map them out as I think there is no special insight other than the quantum blurring.

This is an adventure in exploring new cinema by structure. It is just an experiment, so we shouldn't expect it to change lives. But I can easily see how someone can refine and master these techniques to do so.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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