Release Date: December 8th, 2006 (Cinema Village) by Media Blasters.
The Cast: Tomoya Nagase, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Eiko Koike, Naoko Ken, Kazuma Kuwabata, Itsuji Itao, Arata Furuta, Arata, Kankuro Nakamura, Yumi Shimizu, Riki Takeuchi, Tomomitsu Yamaguchi.
Directed by Kankurô Kudô.
In Japanese with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Yaji (Nagase) and Kita (Nakamura), two gay lovers from the Edo-era, travel to the Ise Shrine.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Yaji and Kita set out on an adventure to visit the Ise Shrine and what they experience along the way seems more drug-induced than anything else. Meanwhile, they occasionally break out in song-and-dance. Other experiences from the adventure won’t be spoiled here. Yaji and Kita are a pretty quirky and outrageously funny duo and their comic energy helps to fuel the film as well. Those looking for a plot with character development will be disappointed and bored, especially given the running time of 124 minutes. However, for everyone else, writer/director Kankurô Kudô more than compensates these significant deficiencies through wildly imaginative visuals and images which need to be seen to be believed. For example, you’ll get to see rapping samurais, a beautiful woman who is part mushroom, and a lady whose head represents a radio with the mouth as the speaker. Ultimately, Yaji & Kita works best a consistently bizarre midnight movie which can either be laughed with or laughed at, as long as you be sure to keep a very open mind, but without actually using it.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Bizarre, outrageous and wildly imaginative midnight madness.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run, at the latest hour possible).
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