Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum The Forever (Japan 1986)

Rating: **

What a stinker! This is easily the most confusing film I have ever seen. Even within the insanity of the Urusei Yatsura universe, this film is out of bounds. A school film that Ataru and his pals are producing goes haywire when a giant cherry tree is felled. Lum disappears and people's dreams start leaving "residue" around town. Then, the entire city goes to war in an effort to return things to normal. Huh?!? It's nearly impossible to tell when the film starts getting out of hand. It may be as early as five minutes into the film, when the viewer is given their first clue that the rest of the film may just be a dreamlike hallucination of the collective consciousness of the town itself. Too weird for me...