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Awesome: 10.81%
Worth A Look: 21.62%
Just Average: 24.32%
Pretty Crappy37.84%
Sucks: 5.41%

4 reviews, 13 user ratings

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by Greg Muskewitz

"It lacks the outright fun and skill of a more concentrated Miike."
2 stars

It begins in the expected perverted style Takashi Miike has so well carved out, when a crazed yakuza gangster warns his boss that the snow-white little Pomeranian outside is a “trained yakuza-assassin dog,” proceeding to handle matters himself by hurtling the pup onto the concrete repeatedly, before re-attaching his collar and swinging him overhead, like chopper blades, until flinging the dog against the restaurant window — to the horror, naturally, of the audience, as well as the dog’s owner and the yakuza gangsters.

From there, things take a much quieter, downright monotonous turn off, as the crazed gangster is taken on a trip by his aniki (yakuza talk for brother, fraternal) where he is intended to be offed, but makes a deal to instead whack the sex-crazed head gangster. (You see, he likes sex, but must use the handle-end of a ladle stuck up his ass to keep him firm.) A near accident appears to cause the premature death of the older, crazed brother, but while the younger one dines in a transvestite restaurant, the other brother disappears, leading to an ultra-dull investigation. There are the occasional touches of Miike’s perversity thrown in (the inn proprietor who squeezes out breastmilk, the character with the body of a human, but the head of a cow, etc.), but it’s done as filler — a quick shock to rouse the audience before dropping off the radar again. Eventually the brother shows up, but in the form of a woman. From there, the general feeling of strangeness is always present, and Miike gives his signature stuff a workout (a tortuous death for the old gang boss, predictably with the ladle getting jammed in a little too far; the woman yakuza giving birth to the full-grown brother she was before, sparing no grotesqueries except the actual visage of a vulva — but hey, it’s Japanese cinema), but the boredom through it all is even more present, and simply inescapable. Miike’s love for the absurdly shocking lacks the seriousness and dexterity of Audition, and the comic ridiculousness of Ichi the Killer. I guess that’s what happens when you spread yourself thin in making five movies in one year. With Hideki Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Renji Ishibashi, and Keiko Tomita.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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User Comments

5/19/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess One of the weirdest damn things I ever did see 4 stars
7/12/06 Agent Sands I'm not one for slaughtering chihuahuas, but I loved this yakuza horror film. 4 stars
5/09/06 Christine Hosie this film is weird bordering on the ridiculous 3 stars
6/26/05 R i'm the miike! gotta love me! 3 stars
6/14/05 K. Sear Too Lynchian for my tastes. 2 stars
1/09/05 Amy snooze fest with a few outburst to keep ya talking. 2 stars
12/28/04 Nagumo weird and funny, mostly weird 3 stars
8/22/04 Nikolai WTF ?! !!! 5 stars
8/02/04 Jonathan Lang boringly random... avoid like the plague 1 stars
7/31/04 Brian Owens Brilliantly F****d Up 5 stars
2/16/04 QQ great 5 stars
2/15/04 Jean-Paul Lafayette DuQuette A little slow, but it will blow your mind... 5 stars
2/08/04 Brad nasty 1 stars
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  23-Nov-2004 (NR)
  DVD: 08-Dec-2009



Directed by
  Takashi Miike

Written by
  Sakichi Sato

  Hideki Sone
  Sho Aikawa
  Kimika Yoshima
  Shohei Hino
  Keiko Tomita
  Harumi Sone

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