Every couple of days, a boxy robot and a red-capped raccoon chatter and bicker as they wander through the woods, pausing now and then to take in the scenery. They are longtime friends, but don’t always get along. Still, they never seem to run out of things to talk about, whether banal observations or philosophical inquiries. Produced, directed, shot, scored, sound designed, edited, and performed in handmade costumes by real-life friends and creative partners Takuya Dairiki and Takashi Miura (in their 12th film together), Kinta & Ginji is a delightfully odd and whimsical lo-fi adventure through the Japanese countryside captured on miniDV that recalls the early films of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
Available streaming territory: U.S. only
in Japanese with English subtitles