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Too Young to Die! – review @ Fantasia 2016 [Recommended]

TooYoungToDieToo Young to Die! (2016)
Director: Kankuro Kudo
Screenplay: Kankuro Kudo
Cast: Tomoya Nagase, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kenta Kiritani, Nana Seino, Aoi Morikaw

This is probably one of those movies that cannot really be reviewed. Either you hate it or you adore it for its total randomness and wacky sense of humor. It focuses on a 17 year old high school student (Ryunosuke Kamiki) who inconveniently dies in a bus crash with his classmates including a girl (Aoi Morikawa) he has a crush on. He never quite got the chance to tell his crush his feelings or so he thinks. Labeled a suicide he gets sent to hell where he argues that he didn’t kill himself and wants to go to heaven to see his crush. While going to heaven from hell is possible, apparently this has never happened before. What follows is too difficult to describe but you won’t want it to be spoiled anyway.

This is actually a comedy musical since there are intermittent rock sequences. Some of which are quite funny and/or catchy. You’ll also see freakishly dressed musicians shredding on guitars, not unlike the band KISS. The character, Killer K (Tomoya Nagase), is easily the best character and has a surprisingly deep background that provides emotional impact. He’s the demon that the high schooler first meets in Hell and has a connection to. Nagase completely owns the Killer K role.

I think this movie should win the Fantasia audience award because it’s so ridiculous and entertaining. It’s not the funniest movie I’ve ever seen but it has a good amount of laughs. The wacky story of repeated reincarnation makes it even better and that one fake-out was so great, I’d almost call it epic. The perfect type of movie to watch with an audience.

And here is I believe the theme song that plays over the ending credits (which are worth staying for).

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Occasional guest "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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