Co-presented by Subway Cinema.
In this mind-meltingly unclassifiable B-flick that plays like an episode of Lost from the makers of Hausu, survivors of a mysterious plane crash find themselves stalked by extraterrestrial silver blobs intent on destroying mankind.
One by one, the passengers find themselves drawn to a bubble-shaped flying saucer, only to emerge with vaginal forehead growths and a hunger for human flesh. Kicking off with the bloodiest blood-red-sky in the history of the apocalyptic canon (reverently plundered by Tarantino in Kill Bill Vol. 1), Goke appears to have been lensed in molten Crayola smears; it’s also a entire apocalyptic film festival unto itself, a zombie/vampire/alien invasion/body horror/morality play that manages to riff on every conceivable doomsday scenario imaginable, featuring time-bomb wielding terrorists, kamikaze bird flocks and periodic interruptions of seizure-inducing anti-war propaganda. "Resembles nothing so much as an episode of The Twilight Zone written by a suicidal Rod Serling after too much whiskey.” —David Kalat, Turner Classic Movies
Director: Hajime Sato. 1968. 84 min. DigiBeta.
Followed by a panel with New York Asian Film Festival co-founder Grady Hendrix, creator of AsianCineFest Dr. Stan Glick, and Fangoria writer Michael Gingold discussing past and present-day apocalyptic anxieties in Japan, with a focus on their representations in Japanese cinema. Moderated by Marc Walkow, producer and film programmer.
The short Yuichi: The Beginning of the End (Director: Aaron D. Guadamuz, 2011, 8 min.) will precede the film.
Part of the Doomsday Film Festival and Symposium.
Ticket Price: $12, Film Club Member: $8.