Saturday, 13 July 2013

Life's Little Head Fucks

FYC: "Life's Little Head Fucks" - Studio Ghibli's formally challenging misfire, infamous for its Psycho-like twist, which ultimately led psychiatrists in Tokyo to diagnose Hayao Miyazaki with sudden onset dementia.

Miku is a sweet but determined girl on the cusp of adolescence, with her head very much in the clouds and her feet very much on the ground. She finds it hard to make friends among the snobbish bullies at her prep school in Sapporo, and fears she will find it even worse in her new environment when her grandmother dies and she and her mother have to move back to small-town Japan.

She soon makes friends with the enchanted kitchen appliances in her new home, who tell her about Kohirakuo, the teenage boy living next door, who hasn't spoken or come out of his room for five years.

Taking pity on him, she starts communicating with him with stories they send each other through paper-planes from their balconies. Eventually, through the healing power of friendship, she coaxes him out of his room.

From then on there is a dramatic change of tone, as first Kohirakuo stoves her head in with a spade and pisses on the corpse before burying it.

Subsequently, everything takes place in a continuous slow-motion shot of Kohirakuo sneaking into babies' bedrooms in the neighborhood and sticking his engorged penis through the fontanels of the infants, turning their craniums into basins full of blood, brains and semen.

On his third such gory outing, he is intercepted by some policemen who riddle his body with bullets.

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