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Studio: IDT Entertainment
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Daisuke Tengan (teleplay)
Shimako Iwai (novel)
Release date: 2006 USA
Staring: Billy Drago, Youki Kudoh,
Toshie Negishi, Michie Ito, Shimako
Running Time: 63 minutes
Back of the box:
An American journalist (Billy Drago) is searching for a prostitute in
19th-century Japan; what he finds instead is a deformed courtesan with a
tale of unspeakable cruelty. Based on a Japanese horror novel, this
presentation is the first uncensored version to be available in America.
The Bloody Truth:
A tale which is as psychologically disturbing as is the visual imagery that
accompanies it. The truth of this as in many of Miike’s films is that as
disturbing and horrific a landscape his mind must be it is equal parts
beautiful. This was one of the more well handled Masters of horror
episodes, one that lived up to the name and of course one that was
stricken from airing by the network. Go figure
Get your twisted mountain men,
mutants and horribly dysfunctional
And the rest.... 1 to 5
Acting - 3 Cinematography - 4
Sound - 3 Music - 3
Story - 4 Reality - 3
Asian torture fans rejoice Takashi does it again!
Rape, incest, torture and insanity abound in this 60 minute short film by Director Takashi Miike. Oh, and don’t let me forget aborted fetuses, lots
Takashi has garnered international recognition as one of the most disturbing film makers to date. Movies like Audition and Ichi the Killer have
gained cult status for their over the top violence and disturbingly beautiful imagery and plot lines. His films have set him aside from other directors
and at least one group of people would call him a Master of Horror.
The Master of Horror series started by TV film director and Stephen King favorite Mich Garris has been met with mixed reviews. Some directors
showing they still have a flair for the different forms of horror that made them famous; while others prove once again that like the innocent victims in
their movies, their creative talents have met a brutal end.
Takashi Miike’s Imprint does not disappoint. It takes place in 19th century Japan and follows an American journalist who’s in search of a prostitute
which he claims to love. In his search he finds himself on a strange island where man’s darkest fantasies may become reality. Where women are
kept in cages and beg men for their attention, and the lowest forms of humanity gather.
When he fails to find his lost lover he chooses an odd woman from the cages of begging prostitutes, one who seems very out of place. The night
they share will be a long and disturbing journey as the woman shares her tale of horrific cruelty.
As with Miike’s past work he spins a tale that seems part art, part exploitive snuff film. You can’t help but find a strange sense of beauty in his
disturbing cinematography. A silhouetted dead tree that holds a simple ribbon for each life lost. A bound and twisted woman tortured and broken
suspended in mid air. Even a static shot of a flowing river as a bloody aborted fetus drifts by. The events in the film run the gamut of disturbing,
and anyone with a weak stomach or somewhat delicate sensitivities should not watch this one. Miike’s camera has an unflinching eye and he is not
shy to bring any topic to the table no matter how taboo it might be.
Over all for a short film made for TV Imprint is very well done. The story is full of twists and leaves you drawing all your own conclusions at the
end. No matter what you might think of Miike’s work he is an artist and his dark creative mind seems to have no limit.
To fans of the strange and disturbing I also recommend Miike’s Audition and The Happiness of the Katakuris