Wednesday, July 06, 2016

NYAFF ’16: HK2 Abnormal Crisis

Basically, Kyosuke Shikijo is the fetish version of Peter Parker. Yes, he from Japan. Why do you ask? Like Spiderman’s alter-ego. Shikijo is a sad sack college student who moons over his goody two-shoes girlfriend. However, his superpowers flow from used panties rather than radioactive spiders. With great perversion comes great responsibility in Yuichi Fukuda’s HK2: The Abnormal Crisis (trailer here), which screens during the 2016 New York Asian Film Festival.

In HK1, Shikijo barely held off the evil supervillain Tamao Oogane. There was an explosion and Oogane was presumed dead, but any manga reader ought to know better than that. Flashing forward a few years, Shikijo and his girlfriend Aiko Himeno are now in college. There have not been any costumed villain sightings lately, so Himeno insists Shikijo hang up his panties (technically, they would be her panties). Of course, this leaves Japan vulnerable when Oogane’s transplanted head lets loose a campaign of terror, abetted by a vacuum cleaner-man and a giant man-crab mutant.

Shikijo will try to make do with the panties of his femme fatale biology professor, but they are just not the same. Things really look grim when Oogane latest invention starts vacuuming up all of Japan’s previously worn panties. Can this be the end of the Masked Pervert? Have faith, true believers.

It is hard to find another franchise as ludicrously tasteless as the HK series. Think of it as American Pie raised to the power of five thousand, crossed with the Marvel Universe. At times, the humor approaches the wildly inappropriate. However, it also holds to the endearing belief that true love and virtue will triumph in the end. You will be similarly hard-pressed to meet a hero as earnest as Shikijo. He just has his quirks.

You have to give Ryohei Suzuki credit for having the physique and lack of self-consciousness to don Shijiko’s panties. This time around, Ayame Misaki adds some actually sultriness as Prof. Ayata, but there is no point in pretending HK is more than what it is. The naughty, over-the-top goofiness is not just the main point, it is pretty much its only reason for being. If you enjoyed the bulging outrageousness of the first film, Fukuda and company give you even more in the sequel. Recommended for fans of wildly tasteless fare, such as HK1 and R100, HK2: The Abnormal Crisis screens tonight (7/6) at the SVA Theatre, as part of this year’s NYAFF.