In Mariko Tetsuya’s “Destruction Babies”, an orphan boy runs away from home and starts beating anyone who comes near to him. Soon enough his “disease” spreads to other seemingly harmless people, who join him and for a sort of heartless and purposeless stranger-beating gang.

The film is remarkable in its ability to show unrealistic scenes in a completely realistic setting and situation. The raw portrayal of violence makes this film a hard watch, but the strength of the feelings which stay inside the viewer’s mind after seeing it are hard to explain. Although at times it reminds Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games”, Tetsuya’s film is more explicit and, unfortunately, less effective. “Destruction Babies” sure knows how to shake its audience, but still fails to be as poignant and thought-provoking as other films of its kind.

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