Naisu no Mori: The First Contact

Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine
   & Shin'ichirô Miki
Japan, 2006, 150 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
North American Premiere

Roxie Cinema 2/06, 930p Buy
Roxie Cinema 2/12, 930p Buy

If you are searching for the weirdest movie in the 2006 IndieFest program – look no further. Naisu no Mori: The First Contact is the only film that features an ejaculating Ass-Television that plugs into a schoolgirl's navel to save an alien planet and give birth to a tiny sushi chef.

Co-director and co-writer Katsuhto Ishii (Sharkskin Man and Peach Hip Girl, Party 7) won our Audience Award for Best Film last year with Taste of Tea. His latest film (made with two friends) is a seriously bizarre series of short films, animation, dance numbers, weird comedy, musical interludes and unclassifiable science-fiction moments loosely revolving around cult icon Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer, Gohatto, Zatoichi) as Guitar Brother (one of the three "Unpopular with Women Brothers"), his horny older sibling, and their little Caucasian brother.

This film is highly recommended for people who want to see tiny little insect spaceships, aliens, dance numbers, random jump cuts, animation, intertitle credits, fades to black, pillowfights, ping pong, stand-up comedy routines, a tribute to David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch in a school classroom, and a generous three-minute intermission so you can go to the snack bar or restroom. If that sounds interesting, you're in for a treat. Watch for Ryo Kase (Bright Future, Antenna, Taste of Tea) dancing on a beach with aliens and a giant animated Tango Amazon with dangerous pasties.

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