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114 Ratings

Princess Raccoon

Operetta tanuki goten

Directed by Seijun Suzuki
Japan, 2005
Comedy, Musical


Amechiyo is being hunted by his father for being too beautiful. As he tries to escape he runs into Princess Raccoon, an animal in human form. They fall for each other, but humans and raccoons shouldn’t mix…

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Princess Raccoon Directed by Seijun Suzuki
In a series not lacking in surrealist fantasy, Princess Raccoon (2005), the final film by the wild, shapeshifting Japanese B-movie director Seijun Suzuki, is the most liberatingly unhinged of them all.
September 14, 2017
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This has all the makings of a mystical fairy tale, but in Suzuki’s hands, it becomes a fever dream of color and patterns and movement. The obviously fake sets are bewilderingly elaborate (and sometimes even animated), the story filled with non-sequiturs, and the musical numbers — which run the gamut in style and genre — like David Lynch on crack.
October 28, 2015
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Conceptually, this synthesis of movies, theater, opera, painting, dance, fashion, sculpture, and animation falls somewhere between the Hollywood musical and Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle. Fortunately, the tone couldn’t be more different from that turgid art world ego-trip; for all its sophisticated razzle-dazzle, this goofball gesamtkuntswerk connects back to the origins of movies through slapstick, pantomime, melodrama, and magic.
July 03, 2007
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