What In The Heck Is MFKZ? A Dark Animation That Mixes Anime, Film Noir, & Lucha Libre!
MFKZ, formerly known as Mutafukaz in France and Japan, is a movie that came out in 2017 but has now recently gotten an English voice cast and is coming to a theater near you!
Genre-mashup MFKZ is the love-child of French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard and ultra-hip Japanese animation house, Studio 4°C, creators of Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party and Mind Game. The Tekkonkinkreet dream team of Shoujirou Nishimi and art director Shinji Kimura reunite to bring to life a dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision that mixes anime, film noir, Lucha Libre, and gang culture in an orgy of first-person shooter mayhem.
The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinny, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell that makes Blade Runner’s LA seem like The Brady Bunch. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.
I got this Afro Samurai vibe from watching this trailer and I have to admit, it looks crazy and hectic enough for me to give it a shot. Naturally, the animation and art direction is what caught my eye. It’s amazing and well choreographed!
I also really like the use of colors in this animation. The story is the one that I can’t wait to see how it plays out. We’ll just have to wait and see (or if you can find the original online and watch it there). Personally, I’ll wait for the English version, as I fee like this is one of those animation that needs to me watched in your native tongue to appreciate it. Let me know what you think of this movie!