Haruko's Paranormal Laboratory

  • 76'
  • Japan
  • 2015
Angry girl Haruko is in the habit of bitching at her television. It’s an old, analogue set, which one day breaks down - then starts talking back. The television set becomes a man and Haruko falls in love with him. Absurd situations stack up in colourful images in a startling mix of pop absurdism, drawing on cult TV shows and romantic children’s television. Beneath all the craziness, however, a love story unfolds.
Haruko can’t believe her TV man is real. She thinks he must be a Yokai (a Japanese poltergeist) and that she must have paranormal talents. Haruko would prefer to keep her lover at home, but one fine day he goes out in search of work. It turns out he has a striking talent: he speaks twelve different languages. His manliness also proves to be more than satisfactory. He gets a role in a TV show and is then tricked into becoming a curiosity in a circus. Haruko loses him, but finally gets him back. Then there is even a wedding, which culminates in a hilarious martial arts scene.
Director Lisa Takeba has a cheerful imagination and her film is a delectable dressing-up pageant. Haruko's Paranormal Laboratory may contain some digital trickery, but above all shows a love for analogue craft.
Director
Lisa Takeba
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
76'
Medium
File
Language
Japanese
Producers
Ono Satoshi, Lisa Takeba
Production Company
Stardust Pictures Inc.
Sales
Stardust Pictures Inc.
Screenplay
Lisa Takeba
Cinematography
Shu G. Momose
Editor
Yoshihiro Nishimura
Production Design
Mariko Katagiri
Sound Design
Maiko Hayakawa
Music
Kentaro Fujinaga
Cast
Yumiko Takahashi, Aoi Nakamura
Local Distributor
SDP Inc.(STARDUST PICTURES)