THE BURNING BUDDHA MAN
The Burning Buddha Man is an animation film created by Gekimation, Paper Cut-Outs. With all scenes painted by hand in a sophisticated manner, this film describes a struggle of a high school girl named Beniko to seek revenge for her parents killed in a mysterious accident. What we should pay attention, however, is an apocalyptic ambiance of the film. Characters in The Burning Buddha Man are divided into two categories: ugly creatures that get energy from statues of the Buddha and the ‘comrades’ of Beniko, who are friendly to humans. The composition of the two groups is reminiscent of the fight between good and evil, and it tracks down mysterious statues of the Buddha that Beniko’s parents had died for. What is interesting is that the characters are described in monstrous creatures regardless of their own definition. As the movie goes towards the end, even Beniko, the ‘most normal’ human in the film, transforms into a shape similar to weird statues and eerie figures around her. That is what makes The Burning Buddha Man a grotesque animated film that keeps grotesque emotions throughout the entire film. It carries on dark emotions, which are classic in Japanese horror films, and gives pleasure of a revenge play. It sure is the fantasy film and debut film of the year.
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