Fantastic Fest Review: Milocrorze – A Love Story

6 Oct

Milocrorze:  A Love Story is a surrealistic fever dream about the futility of love.  Maybe.  This was definitely one of the most bizarre movies I watched at Fantastic Fest.  But it was also one of my favorites.  Why?  Well, it’s hard to explain, but, as always, I will try.

The film is comprised of three short stories.  One is about a maniacal youth counselor, prone to song and dance numbers, who helps young men afraid to talk to the women they love from afar.  Next, a classic revenge/samurai tale of a man looking for his kidnapped love.  And acting as bookends to those two stories is the strange fairytale of a young man in love with a beautiful woman, who is so completely out of his league that he develops a hole in his chest where his heart should be.

These narratives may sound completely unrelated, and they mostly are.  Yet, they are all connected in strange ways as well.  They all tell of the story of people failing at love.  Whether characters are failing to prevent a kidnapping or unable to even speak to the women they desire, the theme is definitely consistent.  And guiding us through all three of these tales is Takayuki Yamada (13 Assassins) playing the lead character in each.

So, maybe you’re intrigued. But this movie is more than just an interesting idea.  It’s the beautiful mind of writer/director Yoshimasa Ishibashi at work for all to see.  The select group that has seen the madness of television shows The Fuccons and Vermillion Pleasure Nights has an idea of what is going on in this man’s head.  But you can’t really even come close to grasping it until you watch Milocrorze:  A Love Story.

This film is pure psychotic genius, fueled by insane editing, the widest pallet of colors I’ve seen in a movie in a long time, and an absolutely beautiful soundtrack.  Just imagine Chuck Jones, at his most surreal, having a love child with Kill Bill era Quentin Tarantino.  That child then grows up, falls in love, and has his heartbroken by an incredibly beautiful Japanese woman.  He then falls asleep and has a series of dreams, and it’s those dreams we somehow get to see when we watch Milocrorze:  A Love Story.

If that doesn’t sound amazing to you, then just pretend I didn’t say it and watch the movie anyway.  It’s that good.



2 Responses to “Fantastic Fest Review: Milocrorze – A Love Story”

  1. stephanie October 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    The pictures are amazing!

  2. iamhrothgar October 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I know! The whole movie looks like that!

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