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Three unpopular brothers, Masaichi, Masaru and Masao, are struggling to be popular among the girls. Luckily enough, they finally get a chance to have a co-ed picnic with some pretty young ladies! With 21 free-associative episodes ranging from a nonsense "sci-fi" comedy to a dance-battle daydream, Funky Forest: The First Contact will challenge your mind and melt logic, as its unique characters find themselves in warped dimensions way past our imagination. Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2006
  • Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Score: 6.8 (scored by 84 users)
  • Ranked: #33714
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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nessa
5 people found this review helpful
Jun 22, 2013
Completed 1
Overall 6.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
I just finished the movie about 10 minutes ago and I will try to find some words to express my feelings about it (which is kind of hard).

At first, I want to make clear that this movie isn't for everyone. You need to have the right humor to like and understand it (Is there even something to understand behind the movie, I'm not sure).

There isn't any specific story, what you should already know after reading the summary, the movie has an overall little plot that follows trough it, but it's not needed.
It has 3 or 4 main "stories" which are put into these 21 short episodes. Between the episdes they play some short cuts from the opening speech and from some episodes.

The movie is divided into two parts named "Side A" and "Side B". After the first part of the movie you got a 3 minutes long "Intermisson", to prepare for the second part (Drink or eat something). When you thought the first part was wierd, the second one is much more wild and bizzare.
Also I want to add, some of the scenes are may inapporiate, kind of sexual and nasty for you, so be prepared for that.

The actors (in my opinion) did a good job. I personally totally buy their acting and I'm still not sure how you even can do such things and still being serious while doing it. Really, how?

There wasn't really any music to name, except some music for specific scenes to dance or relax (?) to.

In the end, I would watch the movie again, with friends who haven't watch it now and wait for their facial expressions and what they think about it. I'm already excited for it!

So it's a overall good movie, when you can deal with the given scenes and have the kind of humor the people behind the movie have. Give it a try, when you're interested in it.

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Man_Chair
0 people found this review helpful
Oct 19, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 5.0
What is the purpose of Funky Forest? Even if one were to somehow enter the minds of the producers, their intentions in creating this bizarre film may still remain unclear. It is therefore up to the viewer to bestow this film with a purpose. For instance, the film may be taken as a series of disconnected dreams, linked only by common elements such as story threads, aesthetics and characters, that comments on the unconscious and the bounds of human imagination. A particularly memorable theory states that the 'human' characters are in fact aliens that seek to infiltrate mankind by learning about human behaviours- this explains the schoolroom settings, the characters' abnormal behaviours and their unfazed reactions towards the eldritch alien-miscellaneous object hybrids that permeate through much of the film. One might call it a musical, what with the multitude of dance numbers and songs of all kind. Another might classify it as an experiment in blending genres and mediums- a memorable scene involves a dance off between a real person and a host of animated characters. Perhaps this is the power and purpose of Funky Forest- to transport the viewer to their own 'Funky Forest' where their imagination begins to run wild and the surreal becomes all too real. Unfortunately, everyone that I have introduced this movie to stopped watching within the first ten minutes. I wonder why.

The soundtrack to this film is undeniably fantastic by the way- finessing orchestral works, single voice and guitar, solo piano, jazz, enka, c-pop, reggae, EDM, didgeridoo, a choir of screaming children, and more. Listening to it on its own is quite an experience. Surprising for such an esoteric film, it boasts an all-star cast with names such as Asano Tadanobu, Kikuchi Rinko, Kase Ryo, Anno Hideaki, a school-age Kaho and Andrew Alfieri, a young caucasian 'non-pro' who clearly cannot speak Japanese and may or may not be the star of the show. It is currently on Youtube.

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  • Movie: Funky Forest: The First Contact
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2006
  • Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 6.8 (scored by 84 users)
  • Ranked: #33714
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 193

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