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Saturday, October 11, 2014

AACHI AND SSIPAK (2006)

Seriously scatological animation out of South Korea is fast, rude, funny . . . and largely indescribable. An illogical mess that, at its best, rewires your brain as you watch. (Check out the MAD MAX/’79 road chase opening sequence @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO_4eaZKdjg to see how you handle the extreme cartoon violence and fecal fecundity.) The set up is a familiar unexplained/unexamined dystopian future, but in a goof on the dark secret of SOYLENT GREEN/’73, this Mega-City runs on human poop!

It’s what they use to make the addictive Juicy Bars everyone wants. Streetwise Korean dude Aachi & his musclebound American blockhead pal Ssipak are partners in low level crime, working the illegal Juicy Pop trade for fun & profit. Right now, they’re caught between martial law city authorities and the deadly Diaper Gang minions, an organized army of crime. Fortunately, those Diaper Boys are plentiful, but easy to take out . . . they’re disposable. (Yucky, yuck, yuck.) That’s the general tone here, with silly story construction to match. But animation fan boys won't mind since writer/director Jo Beom-jin’s visuals are so consistently inventive & energetic. (And possibly Bowdlerized in Mondo’s Stateside edition. Did they also change the music track?) Not for all tastes, and not for the tyke set, though the Middle School crowd is bound to discover it.

DOUBLE-BILL: Japanese anime classic AKIRA/’88 is all over this one.

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