Day 15: Executive Koala (2005)
By Sam Reeve
If just seeing the title Executive Koala (aka Koara Kacho) doesn’t automatically make you want to see this, you might want to get out now. This has instantly become one of my favourite “so bad it’s good” movies. The director Minoru Kawasaki has made tons of other low-budget absurdist movies, and with titles like Calamari Wrestler, The World Sinks Except Japan, and Crab Goalkeeper, I’m quite smitten.
As the title goes, there’s a koala named Tamura who works as the executive of a pickle factory. He has memory problems, and years prior his wife “disappeared”, but was presumed murdered. Tamura has problems blacking out as well, which is when he turns into the glowing-eyed killer you see to your left.
His newest girlfriend is also murdered, which arouses the suspicions of a detective. The cop is convinced that Tamura committed the crimes, but digs deeper and finds out a ton of crazy information that even the koala isn’t aware of. I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say Mr. Koala’s latest girlfriend isn’t who you thought, and that Korean kimchi businessman is a tricky dude.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: There isn’t too much gore or violence, and little suspense, so this really isn’t quite the horror film you would want if you’re in search of a scare. It is, however, a laugh-out-loud jackpot for those who can appreciate bad films.
Multiple characters, both important and minor, are animal-people. This seems to be something the director really loves doing. You think to yourself “doesn’t anyone notice?”, and the answer is yes, some random people will point out the oddness of having a frog cashier or a koala in a suit, but those closest to the characters don’t seem to mind.
The acting is terrible, there are major plot holes and shit that doesn’t make any sense, but you really won’t get a film like this without that. And this movie just kept surprising me the whole time, like with the random dance number that you can view here:
If you’re still debating if this movie is worth watching, ask yourself why you love bizarro fiction. If you do, you’re probably going to get a kick out of Executive Koala.
Click this link to watch the movie online (can’t embed it, sorry), with Engrishy subtitles. When you follow the link just click on “continue as free user” and it’ll all work out. Enjoy!