Brussels 2013 Review: TEBANA SANKICHI: SNOT ROCKETS Will Turn Your Brain To Mush
>>Mr. Postman + Tebana minus Sankichi, PLUS SANKICHI again and again and again, off the bridge, never InTo river, and again, because of
OR MILLION TIMES SHIRO! BLAM, Wack **&%! **&? **&! ... oh, just a dream. NOT A DREAM!! We'll return. ++####### Times Square Balboa bourgoise choP! abcdxyz (zyxdcba), American Money! $ $ $--->
Or something like that. Except with sounds and images, and for about 75 minutes. Within the first five, Snot Rockets smashes the "absurdist" label to a billion pieces and blasts off into the unexplored galaxies of total nonsense. It remains there, at mostly breakneck pace, taking the wacky pop filmmaking that the Japanese have mastered over the years to an extreme I never thought possible.
Those upset that I haven't attempted an actual plot summary should probably avoid this movie. That said, I suppose it's worth providing a bit of context about the making of the film. Yudai Yamaguchi (Battlefield Baseball, Meatball Machine) and star Tak Sakaguchi began the film in 1995 with a short staring the title character. Over the ensuing years they continued to add to it, shooting all around the world, from Tokyo to Austin Texas, and finally, this is the result. Ironically, I probably could have appreciated the rapid-fire, what-the-fuck sensibility much more in a small dose. But maybe that's the point.
As I indicated in the headline, Tebana Sankichi: Snot Rockets will indeed make your brain feel like it's turning into mush. For some, this may be exhilarating. By the end though, it mostly left me with a headache.