Now take the shocking carelessness of a community onto which it throws as many curves as possible with a combination of street art, a school's overzealous school principal and community service projects, a laid back soundtrack featuring music by chart-toppers like the Velvet Underground and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and scenes involving classic American movies like Blazing Saddles, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.
One student -- perhaps in an effort to better the school, perhaps in an effort to show off his own diverse artsy personality, perhaps to prove a point -- paints his face blue, while his friends get plastic surgery.
The dialogue is mostly concentrated on problems faced by the school community. The filmmakers use humor and satire to raise the difficult questions and reveal the true character of this unique place.
This is Ogi Ogasaki, his parents, and him. He's auditioning for this donkey. He's a clown, but he wants to be a ventriloquist. The woman was the original, but her family changed the rules and wouldn't let her be the main performer. Her husband was a famous ventriloquist. So he's playing the donkey. He's trying to be a ventriloquist, but he's just making these noises. d2c66b5586