Kenya Boy – A Cinematic Masterpiece of WTF

2. Hilarious racism: I don’t want to straight out say the people who made this movie are racists, because that’s probably not true . . . but at the same time, there’s some REALLY WTF stuff in here. Like, this blue-eyed, blonde white girl above, for instance. Her name is Kate, and she was abducted as a child and subsequently worshiped by an African tribe as a goddess. Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. And of course Wataru has to rescue Kate from these African devils so that he can get some of that sweet white girl tail. Aww yeah.

There’s also random pro-Japanese ego-stroking that is hilarious — like, Wataru meets this old Masai warrior (who is AWESOME, btw, best character in the movie), and when he learns Wataru is Japanese, he reacts like, “Oh, Japanese, they are very brave!” LOLOLOLOL It’s like if he saw an American and reacted like, “Oh, Americans, they all have very large penises!”

And I said I’d get back to that skin color-swapping scene from earlier, right? Well, the deal with that is that Wataru smacks these tribesmen so hard that he literally knocks the black off them. I thought it a mistake, at first, but a few seconds later, the movie throws a little “wink wink, nudge nudge” joke at the audience when the tribesmen look at each other, duck behind their shields and then they’re black again. Tada! This fucking movie, man. I’m not even offended by it — it kills me that something like this was actually made and released not even 30 years ago.

3. Giant animals out of fucking nowhere: Can’t get any more specific than that. That giant frog chasing Wataru is the least WTF of the giant creatures you will see. I don’t want to mention anything else, because it’s best left as an amusingly WTF surprise.

4. Nazis!: You can’t have a movie set during World War II without Nazis, right? I’d explain what the Nazis are doing here, but once again, it’s something that deserves to be kept a secret until you actually watch the movie for yourself. I think part of this guy’s reason for existing, though, is to fill the evil white man quota. And the butt chin quota. Look at that thing!

5. Super pulpy feel: You’re damn right that elephant crunched a spear with its trunk. In every way possible, Kenya Boy feels like some insane pulp fiction story from the 1940s. You’ve got a wild, untamed setting, crazy shit that doesn’t exist in reality but is awesome so let’s just throw that in there, Nazis, bizarro plot twists and villains (I didn’t even mention the weirdest villains in the movie), and the sense that the story is flying by the seat of its pants and throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. It’s not a movie that follows a coherent story so much as it is a series of ideas and set pieces. It’s there to be insane, outlandish and entertaining.

I have no idea how in the blue hell Kenya Boy ever got made, but god damn it, you all need to watch it like right now.

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16 Responses to “Kenya Boy – A Cinematic Masterpiece of WTF”

  1. >> Well, the deal with that is that Wataru smacks these tribesmen so hard that he literally knocks the black off them.

    Thank god I read this in my room because I entirely lost my shit after reading this.


  2. Whoops, there’s a page 2. Heads up, it doesn’t show up in google reader (at least not in the mobile version) so maybe you might want to indicate that there’s a page 2 at the bottom of the first page.

    • I guess I’ll include an indication for all you lazy bastards! Although, honestly, I think it would be pretty obvious there’s more content since I mention at the beginning that I’ll be talking about a few things, and there’s like one thing I talk about on the first page.

  3. bwhahaha so glad you wrote about this movie because it needs to be seen by more people for its delightful wtf factor

    glad you enjoyed yet another of my wtf recs XD

    that elephant is so boss

  4. How did you even find this movie? Crazy stuff :p

    • It was reviewed at The Nihon Review, and Kylaran (also of The Nihon Review) also talked about it when I roomed with him during Anime Expo.

  5. Must watch. Acquiring immediately.

  6. Now, imagine Wataru…

    …as the lead of Sister Princess.

  7. Oh man, I’d heard stories about this movie but this post seals the deals! DL’ing right now!

    Considering how westerners are often portrayed in anime, I suppose it was a bit much to expect sensitive treatment of Africans. Then again, who am I to be judgemental; I’ve been laughing for the last 5 minutes!

  8. I love your description of this movie! It IS totally WTF. The dinosaurs, the Godzilla-sized frog… The changing art styles sort of add to the awesomeness. Some of the tribes are portrayed as intelligent, others are jabbering buffoons. It’s just more WTF.

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