“Singular mind-melt” – Time Out New York
“The non-sequitur-titled Funky Forest: The First Contact is essentially a free-associative blackout sketch film with three directors that makes absolutely no sense, rarely stoops to comedy, and is often centered upon prosthetic life-forms cross-pollinated from the corpus of David Cronenberg.”
– Michael Atkinson, the Village Voice
“The annals of strange just got thicker with the arrival of ‘Funky Forest: The First Contact,’ a surreal sci-fi-musical-whatsit whose resistance to thematic or narrative logic renders viewers thoroughly – but not unpleasantly – bewildered for 2 1/2 hours. Breathtakingly, often hilariously bizarre”
– Dennis Harvey, Variety
Cult-favorite director Katsuhito Ishii (The Taste of Tea and Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl) teams up with the talented Shunichiro Miki and ANIKI to create another visually inventive masterpiece! Funky Forest features hilariously odd characters that will take you on an unpredictable cosmic journey.
Three unpopular brothers, Masaichi, Masaru and Masao, are struggling to be popular among the girls. Luckily enough, they finally get a chance to have a co-ed picnic with some pretty young ladies! With 21 free-associative episodes ranging from a nonsense “sci-fi” comedy to a dance-battle daydream, Funky Forest: The First Contact will challenge your mind and melt logic, as its unique characters find themselves in warped dimensions way past our imagination.