There exists a movie, out there is the ether of world cinema, that has been able to satisfy all my worldly expectations and criteria when considering what makes a film fun. A film that’s not deep, heart wrenching, or dramatic; just plain, old fashioned, goddamned fun. Part moving comic book, part asian cyberpunk treatise, part noise rock manifesto, and part badass throw down between two powerhouse characters. Unsurprisingly starring two of Japan’s most interesting, unique, and talented actors: Tadanobu Asano (Mongol, Ichi the Killer, Last Life in the Universe) and Masatoshi Nagase (Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, Suicide Circle, Cold Fever) as Dragon Eye Jim Morrison and Thunderbolt Buddha respectively. This 55 minute piece pushes two out of the ordinary characters together for one brutally cinematic and sublimely ridiculous final showdown. Filmed in stark black and white, and accompanied by a heavily distorted and guitar heavy noise rock soundtrack by Tadanobu Asano and director Sogo Ishi’s excessively fun noise band; Mach 1.67. Electric Dragon 80,000 Volts is a must see film for those nights when you have 10 friends over and far to much alcohol in your bloodstream. A short, brilliant, bright, and violent film that never lets up, holds nothing back, and is smart enough to end before it burns out. If you are a fan of such films as Wild Zero, Tokyo Zombie, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, or 964 Pinnochio, than this is a must see, and it’s available on netflix.
Check out the trailer alone for a taste.
Or watch the first ten minutes of the film here.