Reviews of Sweat Punch (2002) and related work
- Entry: “End of the World” (2002)
- Entry: “Professor Dan Petory’s Blues” (2002)
- Entry: “Comedy” (2002)
- Entry: “Higan” (2002)
Sweat Punch (2002)
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).
‣ “End of the World” (2002)
Two girls meet at a dadaist punk concert. One of them turns a portion of the other’s apartment into a portal to a hideous world and proceeds to seek annihilating vengeance there, but fails.
Gory randomness. Bad surrealism.
‣ “Professor Dan Petory’s Blues” (2002)
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.
Humorous randomness. Lots of styles are demonstrated and the humour is quite good.
‣ “Comedy” (2002)
An Irish woman recalls how, when she was 5, she gave an old book to a nearby bishōnen. In return, he took on a detachment of English cavalry.
Steampunk. Animated in peculiar shaky cinématographe style, very little dialogue, set to classical music. A perfect mode for the bizarre little story.
‣ “Higan” (2002)
A commander recalls his last battle.
Dark mecha action. Conventional by 4°C short-film standards. Higan is the equinoctial week when people visit graves and meet their ancestors in Japanese Buddhism.