Saturday, October 30, 2004


Local filmmaker purposely
goes over the top in homage
to beloved B-movies

If you don't like gratuitous violence, you're sure to love the wanton use of profanity in Lon Takiguchi's local geek film "public access: EPISODE 04 of 05." Can't stand the cannibalism scenes? Then you're sure to appreciate the indiscriminate discrimination.

"Public Access: EPISODE 04 of 05"

Hawaii, encore presentation of the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival

Playing 9:45 p.m. tomorrow at Dole Cannery cineplex, with costume contest and cash prizes

This is a twisted tale of two misfits trying to break free from the bonds of mediocrity by writing a script for public access television. Their perverse adventures include a string of conflicts with the people in their lives. Persecuted by their demanding landlord, "the MANAGER," the pair goes on a crime spree to fund their TV project and to pay their overdue rent. Embarking on an endless bloodbath of killing, "BRET" and "GARY" meet with no one they wouldn't mind having over for a meal.

We grilled Takiguchi about his cinematic "atrocity":

Question: Why did you want to make this film?

Answer: The genesis of the film came from my deep love of B- and midnight movies like "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble" and all of John Waters' movies, and big epic widescreen films like "2001" and Lawrence of Arabia." I thought it would be fun to have an unholy marriage of the two.

Q: How long did it take to write?

A: Four months.

Q: How much is autobiographic?

A: About 60 percent minus the cannibalism, murders and being raped by a woman. I started out in this business working for Roger Corman, the king of B-movies. I worked as an assistant director, so I got to see the trials and tribulations of different directors, and I always took note of that ...

Q: As a screenwriter, what has been your most desperate moment?

A: Delivering scripts to cast and crew for Roger Corman's B-movies. It was such a menial task and not what I wanted to do. I wanted to be on set and observe the process.

Q: Why are B-movies so popular?

A: They're so bad, they end up being good, which is why there are so many straight-to-video B-movies. People love sex and violence.

Q: What exactly is a B-movie?

A: These days, it's anything that is almost exploitative, and the sex and violence is almost cartoonish.

Q: Where did the idea come from having the woman rape the man?

A: It was just an idea about expectations. The way I built that scene is the audience expects the man to be the dominant one. I wanted to play with expectations.

Q: Is the cast's acting deliberately "B" or is that planned?

A: I purposely explained to them that I wanted a certain performance like a B-movie. So we didn't get too much into character development or a lot of rehearsal. I wanted them to come to set and we would make it work.

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