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The Trip (1973)

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A woman taking a trip encounters a nightmarish landscape juxtaposed against scenes of classical beauty.

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Sort of like watching a hellish nightmare--I can see why this isn't one of Kawamoto's more famous films.
19 April 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the more obscure films by the Japanese director Kihachiro Kawamoto--and I can easily see why. While all of his films are artsy and aren't exactly what most films like to see, "The Trip" is positively bizarre--like watching a psychotic's dream! It's definitely among the least 'normal' of his films and its meaning is quite obscure.

The film begins with a slide show of a woman departing on a trip. Soon, you see a poorly animated airplane move across the screen. Then, what follows looks almost like Salvador Dali helped with the film--though the animation quality is only fair. You'll see such strange things as a blue man who eats babies, a self-immolation and lot of repetitive animation. What it's all about...I have no idea.

The bottom line is that many of Kawamoto's films are lovely albeit unusual. This one, on the other hand is MUCH more unusual and not especially enjoyable on any level. Sorry...I just didn't enjoy this one.


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