Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory
春子超常現象研究所 (Haruko Chojo Gensho Kenkyujo)
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory © 2015 “HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY” FILM PARTNERS.
North American Premiere
Since childhood, lonely oddball Haruko wanted nothing more than to experience a “real paranormal phenomenon.” Haruko’s wish finally comes true when her TV set unexpectedly comes to life in the form of a handsome, TV-headed humanoid who quickly becomes the object of her fascination and romantic affections. Lisa Takeba’s follow-up to The Pinkie (JAPAN CUTS 2014) is an irreverent pop art whatsit that gleefully throws convention out the window in order to test the limits of her charmingly weird sensibilities, slyly using absurdist comedy to poke fun at contemporary Japanese culture.
Japan. 2015. 76 min. HDCAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Lisa Takeba. With Aoi Nakamura, Moeka Nozaki, Sayaka Aoki.
“Beneath the psychedelic veneer, [Haruko] is a subtle acerbic jab at society’s dependence on technology, the dangers of one-way passive ‘communication,’ and a cynical view of celebrity culture and art.” -Yuan-Kwan Chan, Meniscus Magazine
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2015.
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