Wednesday, 15 April 2009
I don't intend to review anything other than films on this blog, but I'm making an exception for this gem: M1. Manzai is Japan's premiere form of comedy. It's duo stand-up style, and links nonsense, sitcom and traditional stand-up in new ways. M1 is the massive competition held each year in Japan to find the best manzai partnership.
2005's competition is by far the funniest installment I have seen. The ludicrous Black Mayonnaise took the show by storm, but to Narry Borman's mind Waraimeshi were the funniest duo out there.
M1 is probably impossible to find outside of Japan, and even if you did find it then unless you speak Japanese and are familiar with Japanese culture then you'd struggle to follow what's going on. However, it's worth learning Japanese to watch this M1 alone.