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gfp bunny ( tariumu shôjo no dokusatsu nikki )

Yutaka Tsuchiya | 2012 | O.V. Japanese | S.T. English | Japan | 82min | color

Synopsis :

DIRECTOR YUTAKA TSUCHIYA WILL BE PRESENT

NORTH-AMERICAN PREMIERE

« An intriguing made film, deliberately provocative and full of striking images and challenging concepts. » — Screendaily

GFP Bunny reworks an incident that made headlines in Japan in 2005: the case of a 16-year-old girl who tried to kill her mother by poisoning her with thallium. In the hands of talented young filmmaker Yutaka Tsuchiya (Peep TV Show), a rising star of new Japanese cinema, the tragedy becomes political in this vitriolic screed about angst-ridden kids today.

In the form of a hallucinatory diary-slash-rite of passage, GFP Bunny (named after a lab-created glowing, green rabbit) is the quintessential voice of a generation. A lot of Japanese teens have taken this radical work as a starting point to talk about change. It’s provocative and disturbing. It questions, observes and experiments. But fundamentally, it’s a dialogue with the young criminal known as the Thallium Girl, who films her mother’s poisoning and uploads the footage to YouTube. In the end, GFP Bunny is a powerful exercise in metafiction about the desire for absolute freedom that lurks in all of us. What if genetic manipulation was now a way out? And what if, in a transgressive act of resistance to the world, we all modified our DNA? After all, it’s now scientifically possible...