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The Burning Buddha Man (2013)

Moeru butsuzô ningen (original title)
There is a series of Buddha statue thefts in Kyoto. Beniko, a high school girl, gets the Buddha statue at her family's temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. Beniko ... See full summary »




Reo Anzai (original story), Ujicha (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Nao Hanai Nao Hanai
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara
Moeka Haruhi Moeka Haruhi
Shunsuke Hirai Shunsuke Hirai
Mitsuko Hoshi Mitsuko Hoshi
Munemyôou Hozan Munemyôou Hozan
Yuka Iguchi
Reijirô Katô Reijirô Katô
Ryûki Kitaoka Ryûki Kitaoka
Tomomi Nijii Tomomi Nijii
Kazuyoshi Sakai Kazuyoshi Sakai
Labor Satô Labor Satô
Saori Takahashi Saori Takahashi
Minori Terada Minori Terada
Hiroshige Watanabe Hiroshige Watanabe


There is a series of Buddha statue thefts in Kyoto. Beniko, a high school girl, gets the Buddha statue at her family's temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. Beniko hears from Enju, her parents'friend, that a robbery group called SEADDATTHA is the one who killed her parents, and feels the strong urge for vengeance. Enju offers Beniko to live with him since she has no place to go. She wanders into Enju's secret room and meets an ugly creature that looks like a fusion of her parents and Buddha statue... Written by Anonymous

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16 August 2020 | by Lynchian696See all my reviews

Cut-out puppet style with combination of gekianimation telling a Buddhist Wizard of Oz story with Cronenberg-style body horror and overtly inspired by the works of Man Gataro and HR Giger-esque characters. Without a doubt, Ujicha signs an artistic work as rich as it is. A unique delirium staged both marvellous and nightmarish. The film follows Beniko who gets dragged into an uncanny tale and wants to rescue her parents. She finds shelter in a sanctuary and begins to realize that her situation is bleak and more disorienting than she can comprehend. Fascinating, and it only gets better and more interesting weaving the story of the Buddha thefts and its connection to Beniko's family. This story is so crazy that I imagine it was penned in a setting locked up in a smoke-filled room coming up with one crazy idea after another. Balancing, sometimes skilfully and sometimes not, between flashbacks, spectacle, reality and illusion, the undoubtedly ambitious direction always keeps its goal clear. Ujicha plays with the characters and composes sequences as weird as they are surprising, and many details make sense. One of the most incredible scenes, however, is a sequence when a dog (Big Bang) joins the tale, it's enduring, the appearance of Beniko's Grandmother is also one of strangest moment in the film. In short, this is a movie you don't just like, you come to experience, it becomes part of you. As a viewer you only think: WTF.. It's MORBIDLY BEAUTIFUL!!

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18 May 2013 (Japan) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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