Emperor Tomato Ketchup
In a Japanese colony, children overthrow their parental guardians and attempt to form a new society. Their plan spirals out of control and they are soon lost in a web of sexual deviation and violence.
Inspired to find further disturbing cinema by Pixote, I checked this out as well. A few subtitle errors did not help to clarify what was going on, but the gist of it got across.
This film is bizarre and uncomfortable, depicting a world where children rule and adults are sent away to concentration camps. The narration mixes letters from child citizens to their hiding mothers, rules of the empire, and philosophy, creating a surreal experience that conveys a sense of horror almost as well as the images that play throughout the film.
No solid story emerges, but a sense of setting is deeply conveyed along with the sense of discomfort. It's not the perfect combination of bone-aching disturbance and moving…