The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
This past weekend at NYICFF, Jang Hyung-yun's "The Satelitte Girl and Milk Cow" made its New York Premiere. Now I personally am not to familiar with anime or Korean animation but I am enjoying my introduction to movies outside of Studio Gibli and Miyazaki films. As stated on Twitchfilm.com "a handful of new feature animations have cropped up in Korean cinema and are serving as embers for what will hopefully become a full-fledged industry in the coming years." The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is on my list of 10 most bizarre animations I have ever watched. For the first 30-45 minutes I was lost and confused and I could not decide if this was a ride I wanted to stay on. By the end of the movie I was happy that I stuck with it. The story is about a satellite that picks up a musical frequency from Earth while in space and decides to go to Earth to locate the sound. The satellite turns itself into a human girl to blend in and finds the source, a music playing milk cow (who is actually a human but was turned into a milk cow because of a heartbreak). They both end up on a wild adventure along with a wizard roll of toilet tissue (yes, you read that correctly) to return the milk cow to his human form. That is the simplest, least confusing way that I can sum this experience up.
This movie is offbeat, whimsical, maybe a little predictable and a little rough around the edges but it gives the audience a rather pleasant viewing experience. With its numerous puns and gags I can not exactly say who the intended audience is exactly but there is definitely something here for everyone.
It is not on DVD (yet) in the US but I'm sure if you do some searching online you may be able to find places to buy it or see where else it could be playing this year. Until then check out this trailer and leave a comment below letting me know what you think about it. Also I've added the option/ ability to subscribe that way when I post you are still updated!