Director Tetsuaki Matsue's raucously psychedelic experience deserves cult-film status, although its all-important third dimension stands to limit adequate exhibition.
The propulsive tunes of didgeridoo-playing Japanese musician Goma and his Jungle Rhythm Section are at the fore of the 3D concert pic “Flashback Memories.” But behind the hornblower and his cohorts — literally — lies the docu story, projected on a 2D screen, of how Goma suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, leaving him with partial memory loss — and, evidently, with no shortage of artistic inspiration. Director Tetsuaki Matsue’s raucously psychedelic experience deserves cult-film status, although its all-important third dimension stands to limit adequate exhibition. Tech-savvy rock-doc fests will positively flip for it, though.Despite the historical footage of its backdrop, “Flashback Memories” works as an exhilarating ode to living in the moment, with the resilient Goma — accompanied by three drummers — blasting out one of the coolest and most danceable concert-film soundtracks since “Stop Making Sense.” Though Goma’s first-person account of his accident appears in printed text in the forefront of the 3D frame, his didgeridoo protrudes even further, sometimes hilariously. Three-dimensional imaging is of the highest quality, while the recording of Goma’s trance-inducing tunes is simply awesome. Other tech credits rock.