Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda and released in its home country of Japan in 2012.
Having only seen Toshiaki Toyoda’s debut film Pornostar I kind of knew what to expect with this outing and upon viewing I was very glad to see that he had retained most of his techniques as well as reaffirmed beliefs which have obviously changed for the better over time – considering Pornostar came out in 1998.
The film tells the story of a man, whose family have all died in odd circumstances, only he and his sister remain. The man retreats into the mountains, much like his brothers who both killed themselves. Unlike his brothers however, he decides to turn into the Japanese Unabomber and begins to create and then send mail-bombs to TV networks and large corporations. He soon begins to hallucinate however, and despite his lack of faith in any form of afterlife he begins to see his dead family. Slowly he begins to question why and his sanity along with it.
The main characters’ ways of thinking are those of any young person in this day and age who pays attention to what goes on in the world in 2013 – or is that just me? I do applaud Toyoda for creating such a character as there hasn’t been a character like that in cinema, challenging the norm, for a very long time. Toyoda’s direction here is quite sublime, but not surprising considering his Japanese heritage. There are subtle nods to surrealists like Jodorowsky in the make-up design but overall it is a wholly original piece that should be eagerly sought out.