We're hearing that Kuso, the debut film from Steven Ellison (better known to music fans as Flying Lotus), is dividing audiences at the Sundance Film Festival, causing many viewers to walk out while leaving others agog. It begs the question of whether we have a cult hit director on our hands or a new provocateur try-hard, a la The Human Centipede's Tom Six.
The Verge reports that scenes include: an erect penis being stabbed, a man having sex with a women’s boil (???) and a ‘cruel extended rape joke’. It contains everything you'd expect from a gory, contentious flick - body horror, misogny, contrived sociopolitical undertones (Tom Six satirising right wing America in The Human Centipede, Michael Haneke criticising violence in the media in Funny Games) - but is it as innovative as FlyLo's music? Or does it just ramp old tropes up to the next level?
With a killer soundtrack by Flying Lotus himself, Kasami Washington, and Aphex Twins (to name only a few), we know it'll at least sound good. However, it remains to be seen whether Lotus can establish himself as a provocative filmmaker or whether he's just made The Most Extreme Film Ever... until someone else goes even further. Here's an interview the film's creators gave recently:
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