[VIFF2019] Checkered Pasts are Confronted in Checkered Ninja

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Vancouver International Film Festival
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1:00 PM
SFU Goldcorp

*also available on Google Play

Checkered Ninja is not your typical animated movie. It offers more than to teach youths how to stand up to bullies. Two plots drive this film. One is of a stuffed doll, a ninja, coming alive Chucky-style to avenge a huge misdeed by a toy maker visiting his slave labour driven factory and the other of Alex (Alfred Bjerre Larsen), a precocious tween having a rough social life.

The toy (Anders Matthesen, who also directs) takes a Deadpool style approach of trying to get to his goal and the boy serves as a moral compass; There are other solutions to dealing out justice. Vigilantism does not have to involve bloodshed.

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