Judge David Johnson works with an executive koala. He's rude though. He eats, shoots, and leaves.
"Attack the koala and he'll get you back ten-fold."
It's about a giant koala bear. Who's an executive. The term "WTF" was made precisely for this movie.
Facts of the Case
The aforementioned Executive Koala is one Mr. Tamura, an up-and-coming sales superstar in a pickle distribution company. He is well on his way to climbing to the top rung of the corporate ladder, and all the ladies in the office adore him, but there's something amiss in his life. For one, he doesn't know what happened to his beloved wife, who may or not have been murdered. Plus there's a detective after him, thinking he's the murderer.
Can that be possible? Does a dark, murderous heart beat beneath that cuddly, furry exterior?
Not really sure where to begin here. Seriously, if anyone has any ideas for an opening paragraph in a review about a Japanese movie about 6-foot-tall koala bear that sells pickles for a living, please e-mail it to me. I'll go into the database and fix the review.
This movie is as surreal and ridiculous as you would think—and great. So great. It's structured in an incredibly bizarre way, and just when you think you sort of have it figured out, director Minoru Kawasaki tweaks the story and makes it even weirder. By the time this thing ends in a giant two-on-one Korean kung fu match in an amusement park, there's an excellent chance you'll either be a) checking to see if your Pringles were laced with PCP, or b) sending out a mass e-mail to all your friends and loved ones telling them about the mind-obliterating awesomeness that you had just watched.
Let's break this thing down in its separate, wildly different parts so you know what to expect:
• Part 1: A Giant Koala Bear is an Executive
• Part 2: Killer Koala!
• Part 3: Koala in Prison
• Part 4: The Showdown
That synopsis doesn't really do justice to the wondrous weirdness that awaits you with this film but, if you're even slightly intrigued, go find this movie. I can't even begin to imagine the experience this would be with alcohol tossed into the mix.
Synapse coughs up yet another good DVD, with the film transferred nicely in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and pushed by a 2.0 stereo track (Japanese with English subtitles). Extras: a making-of featurette and a couple of trailers.
Just a mind-blowing movie; Executive Koala escapes simple genre classification. All I know is, you really need to see this @#$%.
Not guilty. My brain is empty.
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