Trailer Town: The Films of Minoru Kawasaki

[2 December 2008]

By Bill Gibron

PopMatters Contributing Editor

While they won’t make a lick of sense to most Westerners (they’re almost exclusively in Japanese), the seven trailers featured here represent the work of maverick moviemaker Minoru Kawasaki to a T. While we compile more material for tomorrow’s blog post, please enjoy these stunningly surreal delights.

Calamari Wrestler

It’s the story of a squid who longs to be a champion. And you thought Mickey Roarke had the inside track on grappling greatness.

Executive Koala

An office drone with the body of an oversized Australian animal is suspected of being a serial killer. Huh?

Kabuto-O Beetle

Another odd creature - a bug - and another wannebe wrestler. Hmmmm…

The World Sinks…Except Japan

When natural disaster causes the rest of the planet to sink into the ocean, Japan becomes the last bastion of dry land for the world’s weirdos…and politicians. 

The Rug Cop


A policeman and his crime-fighting toupee. What more could you want?

Crab Goalkeeper

A giant crustacean conquers the world’s most popular sport.

Cat Noodle Chef

A feline puppet fancies himself a Japanese noodle chef. Yummy!

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