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Hentai Kamen 2: The Abnormal Crisis – review @ Fantasia 2016

HK-_Forbidden_Super_Hero_-_The_Abnormal_CrisisHentai Kamen 2: The Abnormal Crisis (2016)
Director: Yuichi Fukuda
Screenplay: Yuichi Fukuda
Cast: Ryohei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Yuya Yagira, Muro Tsuyoshi, Nana Katase

The first movie is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen so living up to that would be a big challenge for this second film. Kyosuke aka Hentai Kamen (Ryohei Suzuki) defeated his arch-nemesis Tamao (Muro Tsuyoshi) in the first film but he’s not in a good situation at the beginning of this sequel. He still struggles with his pervert side and despite a promise to his girlfriend Aiko (Fumika Shimizu) he can’t help but fight crime as Hentai Kamen on occasion. His promise is tested even further when panties start disappearing en masse. Also, the new biology teacher (Ayame Misaki) has the hots for Kyosuke. With all these temptations, a rift occurs between Kyosuke & Aiko after a hilarious series of “it’s not what it looks like” situations.

The story takes quite a bit of inspiration from the Spider-Man 2 movie with its octopus like villain (well a crab really) played by Yuya Yagira and web-swinging parodies. However, a fair amount of humor is recycled without much variation. The crotch-to-face smashing does actually get a bit tired in its repetitiveness. But at other times, there are some new situations and enough of a twist on old jokes to elicit some genuine laughs. Overall, it’s just not as funny as the first film but still a good time. If you had never seen the first film (which isn’t particularly necessary) then this sequel may feel funnier and fresher.

Technically, the film looks better with some more convincing CG action scenes. They still have a bit of fakeness or cheesiness but I think that actually enhances the humor since it’s not meant to be super realistic or to be taken seriously. Suzuki looks as good as ever and gets to twitch his buttocks for the camera on numerous occasions. The lady viewers will probably enjoy that a lot.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "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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