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Genius Party is another anthology film from Studio 4C depicting different stories and themes in seven shorts. Due to the format of this movie, I've decided not to rate the whole thing by numbers and instead just offer quick thoughts on each short within this anthology. Still, would at least recommend animation fans to check this out at least once to get their own experience out of seeing this. This aside, here are my thoughts on each of the shorts in Genius Party:|
Last updated Sunday, April 05 2020. Created Sunday, April 05 2020.
I've only seen the first two of these. The six minute "Genius Party" looks like the director went to one of those parties, and afterwards animated a hallucination he experienced. I tried to make a little sense of it by narrating what I was seeing (since there is not a single line of dialogue--fansubs don't get much easier than this!). It went something like this: "A bird-man runs around looking for face-like globes that bury themselves into the ground, and sometimes exude a heart shaped thing, which the bird-man likes to eat". Needless to say, the effort didn't do much good. If I had carried on and at the end asked myself "and the point of it all is...?", I'd have been at a loss to offer an answer. Anything, that is, other than "enjoy some fanciful animation and be amused by the sheer weirdness".|
Film number two, "Shanghai Dragon" made a good deal more sense and was fun to watch. A pathetic, runny-nosed kid at a run-down school finds himself suddenly thrust into a position of awesome importance. His only assets: imagination and creativity. it was a neat spin on the usual heroic tale, where it's generally sheer strength, courage, and determination which determine the victor. This story reminds us that other sorts of people with different talents exist as well. The thought occured to me that it would be fun if an entire series was made based on this premise.
Last updated Monday, April 06 2020. Created Monday, August 04 2008.
|Japanese Movie Web Site||http://www.genius-party.jp/|