With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, March 02, 2008

ACF 081: Funky Forest - Theatrical Screenings in 3 Cities

Funky Forest copyright 2004 "Naisu no Mon" Production Committee. All rights reserved.

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).

Screening Info:

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

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