Sweat Punch (2002)

Categorization

Collection of short films (about 10 minutes each) created by the progressive Studio 4°C over the past year or so.

References here: Amazing Nuts (2006).

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture

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“End of the World” (2002) IMDb

Categorization

Gory randomness.

Subject

Two girls meet at a dadaist punk concert. One of them turns a part of the other’s apartment into a portal to a hideous world, and proceeds to seek annihilating vengeance there, but fails.

Commentary

Bad surrealism.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture

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“Professor Dan Petory’s Blues” (2002) IMDb

Categorization

Humorous randomness.

Subject

A bitter domestic argument is abandoned when the woman turns on the TV. An unhealthy puppeteer distracts her with a show about common misperceptions, such as the wisdom of linear UFO travel.

Commentary

Lots of styles are demonstrated and the humour is quite good.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture

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“Comedy” (2002) IMDb

Categorization

Steampunk.

Subject

An Irish woman recalls how, when she was 5, she gave an old book to a nearby bishounen. In return, he took on a detachment of English cavalry.

Commentary

Animated in peculiar shaky cinématographe style, very little dialogue, set to classical music. A perfect mode for the bizarre little story.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture

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“Higan” (2002) IMDb

Categorization

Dark mecha action.

Subject

A commander recalls his last battle.

Commentary

Conventional by 4°C short-film standards. Higan is the equinoctial week when people visit graves and meet their ancestors in Japanese Buddhism.

Japanese production animation fiction mecha moving picture