Another Kuso Blog

My husband was shocked that I posted the trailer for Kuso in the blog post below because of the beaver shot on the freeze frame.

His reaction made me think. The film is aggressively shocking and it forces you to be 'in' or 'out'. I felt that it's brilliance justified its style a million times over so I was in. But on reflection I'm not sure you can be 'in' if you are a woman without a bit of discomfort.

Kuso is seductive. You want to be down with it, you want to celebrate it like it's celebrating itself. But then you find you are posting 1970s pornography up on your website...

This is problematic. It doesn't make the film less brilliant, but I'm not going to press it upon my girlfriends. They can find their own way to it if they are want to see it.

I've also removed the trailer, but here is Flying Lotus in his own words and it's pretty unmissable. No beavers either.


So Kuso, a film by Steve. What was all that about eh? As we say here in the UK about anything remotely unusual.

Kuso - available exclusively on the excellent streaming service Shudder - is kinda hard to explain.

The title is apparently Japanese for 'shit' in the sense of 'the shit you find on the internet'. But there's plenty of literal poo, alongside sex and death and all that fun stuff.

I've been telling people that Kuso's like Eraserhead but in colour, with jokes and fabulous music. In fact there's much more to the film than that - it goes deep into race in a remarkable way for example.

I loved it. I have never seen actors exude more delight, despite being covered in boils and dealing with, ahem, lots of kuso. I can only presume that the director - Steve aka musician Flying Lotus - is an absolute joy to work with.

I thought the transdimensional beings (aka furry aliens) were a bit aggressive but when I found out what they were actually supposed to be I realised there are no gaps in the mad truth that runs through the film.

Kuso stays with you - after watching it I felt a great need to unburden myself of the experience to all and sundry. So much so that I'm hoping to have a Kuso girls night for some of my unitiated female friends.

Pop the champers ladies, Flying Lotus is a genius!