Funky Forest: The First Contact

1 out of 5 stars
Imagine late-night channel-surfing in a Shinjuku hotel while shit-faced on sake, and you’ll start to approximate the non-sequitur sensations of Funky Forest, a disastrously misguided string of recurring sketch comedy, vaudeville slapstick, phallocentric body-horror grotesqueries, schoolgirl fetishes, dance breaks and flights of astro-fantasy. The scattershot approach inevitably scores a few laughs—but the humor is rooted more in drunken shock than inspired surrealism. Charitable reviewers might write off this movie’s eccentricities as lost-in-translation comedy. Wiser heads will see only half-baked crap.

By: Stephen Garrett


Release details

Rated: NR
Release date: Friday March 7 2008
Duration: 150 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki, Hajime Ishimine
Cast: Susumu Terajima
Tadanobu Asano
Andrew Alfieri
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