The second feature film from radically inventive Japanese director Ujicha mixes puppetry and paper dolls in a form of animation called gekimation. Combined with a jarring, minimalistic score and the unsettling use of real fluids, the result is an adventure movie that is definitely not for kids.
Schoolboys Bobby and Akkun make a pilgrimage into the nearby mountains to visit a friend, only to stumble upon the mysterious Violence Voyager—a “hands-on amusement park” where they encounter the park’s builder, Koike. What begins as an easy trek through the property—shooting at fake robot invaders with water pistols as they go—soon grows ominous when they encounter fellow students who have been trapped here for days.
Their certain fate becomes clear as the true identity of Koike is revealed: This deranged scientist has a secret to protect—and an agenda to follow—at all costs. Unless the boys, assisted by a menagerie of forest creatures, find their way out of the park, they’ll become subject to his terrifying plan.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
Producer: Reo Anzai, Kimitsugu Ueno | Editor: Ujicha | Cinematographer: Ujicha | Screenwriter: Ujicha
Cast: Aoi Yûki, Naoki Tanaka, Shigeo Takahashi, Saki Fujita