He's a director, and a visionary. On this week's episode of "Whiskers of a Cloud," Werner Herzog sits down with host Yolanda Rollins-Fucche to expose a part of himself: the new documentary Neko Atsume: The Wrath of Tubbs.
This cat game, which was released in 2014, became a massive hit. Players were fascinated by collecting these cats, by putting out offerings of food and toys. Herzog explains that he sees Neko Atsume as "a metaphor," saying it is "an image that is dormant within us."
The director became fascinated with the brutal, transactional world of Neko Atsume, staying immersed in the game for six months. Stories from the set say that his crew was forced to play the game to the point of madness — their reality ceased to be our own. But the end result is a film so profound that it may change how we perceive films about video games for all time.
You can listen to the full interview with Werner Herzog above. Neko Atsume: The Wrath of Tubbs would be nominated for Best Documentary if it were a real film.