A frenzied eruption of Rybczynskian kineticism! ¹
Filmed as a student project (!) by Ishii with the funds left over from his graduation project, Crazy Thunder Road, Ishii only contacted Katsuhiro Otomo after he completed it (‼) to ask if it was okay to release an adaptation of Otomo’s manga. Lucky for him (and for us), Otomo said yes, with the caveat that Ishii, y ’know, actually bother asking him the next time.
Besides the obvious visual appeal, I’m particularly enamored with the pulsating ‘n’ shouting first-wave industrial soundtrack that shows up during the surreal color chase scene. Actually the whole score by Hikashu is great — I’m admittedly not well-versed in their rather extensive discography, but what little I recall hearing of them before was more along the lines of art-pop than the noisier, post-punky material featured in Shuffle.
¹ Yes, spellcheck, of course I want to add “Rybczynskian” and “kineticism” to your dictionary.