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Directed by Lisa Takeba

Japan 2015 76 mins.

Reminiscent of the early work of Michel Gondry but carving a path uniquely its own thanks to a decidedly rough-hewn aesthetic and a playfully dirty sense of humor, Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory is one of the oddest and most eccentric films you’re likely to see this year. Lonely twentysomething Haruko (newcomer Moeka Nozaki) talks incessantly to her TV, but is more than a bit surprised when one day the TV sprouts a face, a body—and, most importantly, develops emotions. She gets more than she bargained for, however, as her new TV-man “boyfriend” becomes famous, adored by women across Japan. “Psychedelic, slightly twee but abundantly inventive.”—The New York Times.

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Appears in: Japanese Currents

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