Sunday, March 02, 2008
ACF 081: Funky Forest - Theatrical Screenings in 3 Cities
Funky Forest: The First Contact, a hit at last summer's 2007 New York Asian Film Festival and other festivals, is getting a limited theatrical release in three U.S. cities, courtesy of VIZ Pictures, the live action film associate of VIZ Media.
The film consists of 21 episodes ranging from " a nonsense sci-fi comedy to a dance-battle daydream." Among the off-beat characters are a hyperactive Japanese stand-up duo, three unpopular brothers looking for female companionship, and a trio of drunken professional women on a hot springs vacation.
One of the vignettes features Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno as an animator on a project with an unusual director.
The film's primary director is Katsuhito Ishii, whose works include the feature films The Taste of Tea and Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl. He also helmed the animated segment of Kill Bill Vol. 1. Joining him on Funky Forest are directors Shunichiro Miki and ANIKI (a.k.a. Hajime Ishimine).
ImaginAsian Theatre, March 7-13
239 East 59th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
Grand Illusion Cinema, March 21-27
1403 NE 50th Street
Seattle, Washington 98105
ImaginAsian Center, April 18-24
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012