Ujicha, JPN 2018
Following an end-of-term school ceremony, the American boy Bobby decides to go with his friend Akkun into the mountains outside their village, to a place perfect for a secret base. On the way they stop into a mysterious amusement park. They have fun there, but are attacked and cannot leave. Falling in with some other children who are also lost there, they fend off a number of attacks, and gradually learn the truth behind the facility.
Director Ujicha’s Violence Voyager is one hell of a trip into the mind of a madman. Violence Voyager is filmed in the obscure animation style known as gekimation. This term refers to a filmmaking style combining the traditions of Japanese cutout animation, puppetry and kamishibai paper plays. The film is an unforgettable experience, both in terms of the fascinating technical construction and the insane subject matter it depicts. If grotesque and brutal violence involving children and animals, or fluids being squeezed out of people’s flesh disturbs you, you should skip this screening. It is, however, a good recommendation for those willing to explore the limits of what sci-fi body horror can offer.