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also known as Koara kachô

Executive Koala2005

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  • 3.1
Tamura is an average Japanese salaryman working in the offices of a pickle distribution company. He is well-liked in the office, hard-working, polite, wears a suit and tie and also happens to be a six-foot-tall koala bear. But when his girlfriend Yoko turns up dead one day and Tamura is the chief suspect, he is forced to enlist the help of his boss (a white rabbit) and a friendly convenience store attendant (a frog) in order to prove his innocence. A psychological thriller wrapped up in the packaging of a nonsense comedy with giant animals, EXECUTIVE KOALA is like nothing America has ever produced… which is why it was made in Japan!

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"...easily the most entertaining, imaginative movie ever made about a murderous marsupial in a business suit." - Noel Murray, A.V. Club


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This film has the ancient Korean martial arts power of SELF-RESUSCITATION: just when you think the wackiness has run out, it springs from the pavement ready to do battle with redoubled wackiness and, in one case, a musical number. "Executive Koala" may have a unique message about self-perception, identity and the nonexistence of an objective reality, but that message may be "HIGHEST MARKET SHARE". Not one of those movies where the koala overcomes every obstacle to rise to the top and get the girl, even though that's pretty much what happened.

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This film has the ancient Korean martial arts power of SELF-RESUSCITATION: just when you think the wackiness has run out, it springs from the pavement ready to do battle with redoubled wackiness and, in one case, a musical number. "Executive Koala" may have a unique message about self-perception, identity and the nonexistence of an objective reality, but that message may be "HIGHEST MARKET SHARE". Not one of those movies where the koala overcomes every obstacle to rise to the top and get the girl, even though that's pretty much what happened.

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I... I'm not sure what I just watched. Part drama, part horror, part slasher, part mystery, part satire. It's about a Japanese executive who might or might not be a killer. It features corporate machinations, an eeeevil psychiatrist, ludicrous fight sequences, brainwashing, blood, and some musical numbers. And the lead is a six foot tall koala.

Recommended for all my tasteful friends!

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Amusing if you're in the mood for "WTF Japan?" turned up to 11.

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If I were watching this movie, and it didn't involve a giant koala in a suit, I would have turned it off after about 20 minutes. This means I would have missed it get really bad. Want to have a horrible fight scenes? Lets have four! Want to have a nonsensical ending? Let's do it! Want to have a musical number in the middle? Why not! There are far better absurd movies from Japan.

This could have been better. I mean, it could have been worse, but I really wanted it to better. Worth the watch just for a few hilarious scenes. Who doesn't want to see a koala and a rabbit running things at the office and a frog heating up chicken at the convenience store?

Wow. This was a strange one.

this movie destroyed my life