Japanese comedy 'Heibon Punch'

A young actress with a strange attraction to "fat, weird-looking guys" falls for an indie film director with just the right ungainly profile in Heibon Punch, which opens in Japan on November 22. The twist? Whenever the filmmaker returns her attentions, "he magically transforms into a handsome man that she finds repulsive." Oh, and then she murders a rival actress and goes on the run with the director, who decides to make a movie out of it. Sounds like a lighter version of Natural Born Killers, that is, if Oliver Stone decided to make a romantic comedy instead of a bloody media satire. Nippon Cinema found the (NSFW) trailer and Japanese-language official site.

The film stars Rina Akiyama as the ambitious thespian and Sakichi Satô, who also directed and scripted, as the director. Satô has written for Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Gozu), proving that he has a wild and perverse imagination, and previously directed Tokyo Zombie and acted in Kill Bill, Vol. 1. He adapted a manga by George Asakura, the pen name of a female creator, which "walks a razor-thin line between the viciously funny and surreal gag context and the incendiary, violent romance between the two main characters," according to robots never sleep.

In the manga as well as the film, the director has an unnatural fear of large breasts, which helps explain his attraction to the small-breasted actress, who has body image issues and wants to get giant breast implants as soon as possible. The post-murder road trip is in search of the mythical "Town of Big Breasts." (?!!!) Chances of theatrical release in North America? Absolutely zero, but if it's as pleasantly bizarre and potentially disturbing as it sounds, maybe it'll get an English-friendly DVD release next year.

categories Cinematical