Monsoon-A-Day: ‘Executive Koala’ 2005

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Where I watch and review a movie a day.

Day 24


Christopher Booker notes in his book Seven Basic Plots, That every story can be boiled down to one of seven different plots. So an original story is non existent. It’s not the story that’s important but how you Tell the story that’s important.

Apparently Japan heard this and decided the only way to be original, Was to be as Batshit crazy as humanly possible.

The leader of the pack is undeniably Takashii Miike. Between Films like Visitor Q, Ichii the killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris, The man has released at least two crazy movies a year, Every year for the last 15 years.

Although Still relatively obscure, Minoru Kawasaki has been slowly moving up in the ranks of the crazy army. If Miike is the General, Kawasaki is at least a Captain.

Which is impressive considering he only has four films that are readily available.

Executive Koala tells the story of an average salaryman working at a pickle distribution company. He’s working hard to broker a deal between two companies to have a monopoly on the kimchi industry. He’s well liked, He’s hard-working and he’s a six-foot tall koala.

In every book in the series, Anne Rice goes out of her way to let the reader know that Lestat being a vampire is irrelevant. He could be anything. He just happens to be a vampire.

Tamura just happens to be a Koala. And his boss just happens to be a Rabbit. And his girlfriend just happens to be murdered. But by who?

On the surface, Executive Koala is a wacky comedy about a Koala businessman but At its core, It’s a deadly serious drama about a murder mystery.

It’s not as serious as say, David Lynch’s Rabbits but it plays the drama straight and that’s where the comedy comes from. The movie never winks at the audience but it does expect you to take it’s premise seriously.

With all the plot twists and red herrings that come with the genre, Executive Koala adds enough originality and craziness that you’ll never know exactly where the film is going to end up.

Executive Koala is the type of film America would never make but I’m glad somebody is.

He’s a champ at spreadsheets and a champ at spreading dem sheets