Genre: Comedy/ Fantasy/ Bizarre
Runtime: 95 min.
Director: Masashi Yamamoto
Screenplay: Suzuyuki Kaneko, Masashi Yamamoto
Producer: Shin-ichiro Muraoka
Cast: Akira Emoto, Seiko Ito, Kaho Minami, Miyu Ogawa, Soran Tamoto
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
When the Sasayas move house, daughter Akane’s tweet about a going away party goes viral, attracting an eclectic assortment of guests to what gradually morphs into the craziest night of their lives. Ghostly grandparents, local drug dealers, school children, a newlywed gay couple, a homeless man, a sentient coffee bean monster and many more all put on their party hats in Masashi Yamamoto’s delightfully quirky and whimsical rollercoaster that gives Takashi Miiki a run for his money by making weirdness so very wild.
Gifted with a singular vision and a knack for tonal consistency, Masashi Yamamoto delivers a well-paced exercise in escalating absurdity that genuinely surprises as he creates his own little world where everything and anything could happen – including a funeral party turned rave! As trippy and unconventional a midnight treat as you’d hope it to be, Wonderful Paradise is high on entertainment and guaranteed to give you a contact buzz.