“Post-punk fantasy... a wild and wacky kitsch feast of surreal storylines, vibrant colours, delightfully outlandish performances and shimmering sexuality” — Mark Adams, SCREEN DAILY
Director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
Screenplay: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
Cast: Takayuki Yamada, Maiko, Anna Ishibashi, Seijun Suzuki
Producers: Izumi Masataka, Ozawa Toshiharu, Saito Hiroaki
Print Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd
Think you’ve seen it all, after the visual and narrative extravagances of SURVIVE STYLE 5+, FUNKY FOREST and SYMBOL? Think again! MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY conjures up a cinematic euphorically demented experience that might only matched by ingesting a particular fluorescent Amazonian frog. Here’s a game try at summarizing the film’s premise, which is just a bit… strange.
Seven-year-old Ovreneli Vreneligare lives peacefully, alone with his cat. That all changes the day the gorgeous, 35-year-old Milocrorze sits next to him on a bench. From that moment, Ovreneli devotes himself to striving tirelessly, so as to gain ownership of a nice big house with which he might entice her. However, a sad truth exists even in fantastic fables: love can be cruel. But chin up, kid, a solution is at hand for such emotional turmoil. Place a call to the hotline of one Besson Kumagai, and he’ll hip you to a ton of simple tricks that will have the ladies tumbling into your arms as though your life was a beer commercial. Meanwhile, Besson’s advice would be of little use to Tamon. His beloved Yuri has been kidnapped and he’ll stop at nothing to find her. As his bloody quest has advanced, so have his skills as a merciless samurai who’ll slice down anyone who blocks his path to Yuri. And on this highway, there are plenty…
Look no further, your annual dose of absurd surrealist delights, Japanese-style, is here. MILOCRORZE , a tour de force from the director Yoshimasa Ishibashi (responsible for the FUCCON FAMILY series, which Fantasia championed to the world), lines up three distinct tales in which we’re treated to a pastel-painted fairyland, sweet yet devious (calling to mind Tetsuya Nakashima’s KAMIKAZE GIRLS etc.), a dive into the universe of Japanese TV in which an uproarious, overbearing disco cad shares his dubious advice on seduction, and a swordsman’s brutal quest for vengeance in a timeless realm — medieval Japan with a cyberpunk streak. It’s all dolled up with a heap of pop-culture references, from Miyazaki through Mad Max to classical Japanese painting, crazy dance numbers, a jaw-dropping slow-motion sword battle set to a smoky noir jazz-noir beat, and so much more. Aesthetically, MILOCRORZE is a masterpiece etched into celluloid, with art direction that will make your eyes pop out of your head. Amid all this magnificent, multicoloured mayhem, Takayuki Yamada (GANTZ, CROWS ZERO) perfectly incarnates three utterly different characters with contagious enthusiasm. So do like Ovreneli Vreneligare and let yourself fall in love with MILOCRORZE. Your heart will be captured forever.