Funky Forest: The First Contact
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At the 16th edition of Five Flavors, as last year, there is a system of booking seats at cinema screenings for accreditation and pass holders. It is important to us that we take care not to overcrowd the rooms and avoid queues at the entrance.
Only a reservation guarantees you a seat at a screening!
The reservation system is very simple and is based on similar principles as buying tickets for individual screenings - just login to your account, visit the page of the selected film and click "book". Detailed information can be found below.
Please make reservations only for the screenings you wish to attend. Reservations can be cancelled, even at the last minute - please remember this and always cancel your reservation if you cancel your screening - this will allow other viewers to use the available space.
Reservations will be possible from Tuesday, 15 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 pm
If you decide to attend a screening at the last minute or for any other reason you do not book in advance, and there are seats available in the auditorium, your booking will be made "automatically" at the entrance to the auditorium after scanning your pass.
For most of the screenings there will be free seats before the show itself. However, please pay special attention to the screenings of Edward Yang's works and the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
This year, you will also be able to use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
A surreal comedy structured like a vinyl record and a firm cult favorite. We are dazzled by sequences of pure absurdity, reminiscent of an endless stream of Japanese ads – the most bizarre and creative ones. Funky Forest is a mix of genres and styles, with a motley narration and a gallery of odd and outlandish characters who accompany us on this journey through unexpected sets and storylines, from sudden alien landings, psychedelic dream sequences and absurdly choreographed dance to barbed jokes by politically incorrect comedians, and machines connected to human bodies spitting out slime. Every screening of Funky Forest is an event of its own – a collective experience of the full spectrum of the grotesque.
The movie owes its cult status to the boundless imagination of its authors, who seem to have set one goal for themselves – to constantly push the boundaries of taste and absurdity. It is the creative collaboration of Katsuhito Ishii (author of The Taste of Tea, which also enjoys a cult status), Hajime Ishime and Shunichiro Miki. The three directors easily juggle a polemic with the aesthetics of David Cronenberg and French extreme filmmaking, a subversion of the tenets of ero guro nansensu (a sub-genre combining the erotic, the grotesque and the nonsensical) and a skewering of Japanese stereotype. The end result is the jewel in the crown of Japanese New Weird, an informal trend in Japanese cinema characterized by the poetics of decay based on deconstructing both the cinematic form and a wide array of biases and convictions about modern Japan.
Master of Japanese surrealism, best known for The Taste of Tea. Critics say that the success of Funky Forest is mainly due to Ishii’s involvement. He is responsible for the manzai sketches, scenes with the Guitar Brothers, surreal sequences and casting Tadanobu Asano and Hideaki Anno.
1998 Samehada otoko to momojiri onna / Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl
2000 Party 7
2004 Smak herbaty / Cha no aji / Taste of Tea
2005 Funky Forest / Naisu no mori: The First Contact / Funky Forest: The First Contact
2011 Samagurā: Omae no mirai o hakobe / Smuggler
Ad director and composer of music for ads and movies, enjoys a cult status. Studied design at the Musashi Art University in Tokyo and began directing ads after graduation. Worked as an ad expert for many prestigious institutions in the fields of art and culture. In Funky Forest, he was responsible mostly for musical and dance sequences. Also wrote the score to Ishii’s The Taste of Tea.
Studied at Musashi Art University and worked in the field of ads and promo. He has also acted on-screen and as a voice actor. In Funky Forest, he plays four characters and was responsible for scenes with flesh instruments and devices connected to human bodies. In 2011, directed the sequel to Funky Forest, The Warped Forest.