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France | 2017 | 94 minutes | Shôjirô Nishimi, Guillaume Renard

A gloriously bonkers, subversive, and hip-hop-infused animated adventure takes place on the sleazy streets of Dark Meat City, where bullets fly, cockroaches swarm, and corpses pile up while a wide-eyed pizza boy and his flaming skull-headed pal fight off an impending alien invasion.

Based on the popular French comic book, Mutafukaz is a crazy blend of wild Japanese animation, French moodiness, American anarchism, and pure, violent, wicked fun. Round-headed pizza boy Angelino lives a typical, meager life in the chaotic Dark Meat City—a place that he dubs as "desperate, miserable, and crap." When a scooter accident leaves him with a head injury, Angelino begins seeing disturbing images of monsters, tentacles, and shadowy black-suited men. Government soldiers are suddenly on his tail, and with his flaming skull-headed pal Vinz, Angelino must hurry and discover the meaning behind his visions while unearthing a large-scale, apocalyptic, government conspiracy—all before the aliens invade and before getting shot up by gangsters. Mutafukaz is lurid, hyper-kinetic, fast-paced, and infused with ballistic action sequences. It hurls audiences through gruesome violence and impresses with its catchy, head-bobbing hip-hop tracks. Shoujirou Nishimi, known for his stupendous work in Batman: Gotham Knight (2008) and the legendary Akira (1988), helms the film's animation department and offers audiences striking visuals of vibrant, graffiti-strewn streets with 2D renderings. Aesthetically pleasing, hyper-inventive, and mildly self-aware with faint commentary on the dystopian nature of modern governments, Mutafukaz is a fun mess of gang-banging, guns, corpses, and solid, wild entertainment.

Director Biography
Recognized for his use of realistic production value and impressive action sequences, Shôjirô Nishimi is an animation filmmaker who has a distinct style that draws fans worldwide. He is a member of the prestigious animation house Studio 4°C and along with his work in filmmaking, is credited for production work on several video games. French illustrator, director, and cartoonist under the pen name of, "Run," Guilaume Renard finds much of his influence in American hip-hop culture. His style is classified as a blend of manga and traditional comic animation. His feature animation film Mutafukaz combines elements of his own interests, including wrestling, and vintage science fiction.

Sponsored by Scarecrow Video, Full Tilt Ice Cream

  • Director: Shôjirô Nishimi, Guillaume Renard
  • Principal Cast: Orelsan, Gringe, Redouanne Harjane, Féodor Atkine, Julien Kramer, Emmanuel Karsen
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Japan
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Frédéric Puech, Anthony Roux
  • Screenplay: Guillaume Renard
  • Editors: Ivy Buirette, Marie-Laure Vanglabeke
  • Music: Guillaume Houzé, The Toxic Avenger Band
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: GKids
  • International Sales: Celluloid Dreams, Planet Nemo Animation