Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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Year:1999
Country of origin:Japan
Director:Takashi Miike
Genre:Psychopath/Femme Fatale
Starring:Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina
Rating:5/5
IMDB link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235198/
Tagline:She always gets a part
Favourite line:N/A - Subtitled

If there is a better J-Horror movie out there, I am yet to see it.

The plot:
When a lonely widower decides it is time to find a new wife, a film maker friend offers to help. Reluctant to begin with, slowly he comes around to the idea and an audition is arranged of thirty potential wives, for a movie that will never be made, though the ladies are unaware of this. Flicking through the photographs of the women, the man is captivated when he sees the picture of Asami. Young, attractive, just his type, he is equally impressed by her audition and invites her out for dinner. Shy, demure, subservient, she is just what he is after.
But Asami has a dark secret; a penchant for slicing up would be suitors, as punishment for the crimes of an abusive uncle when she was just a girl. Stunning,stunning stuff, this is seat of the pants scary when it kicks in.

The set up is magnificent, as the first two thirds of the movie is all about the characters, drawing you in, tantalising you, making you, you know....care.
Takashi Miike is swiftly becoming a firm favourite director at Smell the Cult, and here he offers up an intelligent, shocking, thoughtful, deeply grisly horror yarn that the aspiring torture porn directors would do well to set as a benchmark.
One of the finest horror movies of all time, this is a must see.

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