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MASTERS OF HORROR-IMPRINT (DVD/TAKASHI MILKE)
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This episode tells the haunting tale from the 1800s of American journalist, Christopher (Billy Drago), who travels to an island in Japan in search of the prostitute, Komomo (Michie) who he had abandoned years earlier, promising to return for her. Finding himself unable to locate Komomo, he takes residence in a bordello, where he hires the services of a deformed hooker (Youki Kudoh), but instead of taking her for carnal pleasures, he asks her to tell him a story, and so, she recounts to him the fate of his beloved Komomo, and so begins a story of rape, torture and degradation...
Again it's beautifully shot, Imprint at times is like watching a painting come to life. The flame haired whores with their blackened teeth take on the appearance of oni or evil spirits, who live on islands and take much delight in the torture of others. Miike's ability to take the obtusely sickening and turn it into an image of beauty is a gift that few directors have. What irk me about this film is Drago. He gives an amateurish over-the-top performance that drew a few laughs from me, as he thinks he's in a Greek tragedy and stands out in all the wrong ways with his acting (though he look good for the part in his long hair).Read more ›
The story centres around Christopher (Billy Drago) who travels to a mysterious island in 19th century Japan. He is searching for a long lost love, a young prostitute, Komomo (Michie), whom he had an affair with years earlier. He ends up taking refuge in a bordello, where a young, deformed courtesan (Youki Kudoh) keeps him company. Upon his request, she begins telling him stories of her past, her relationships with her family and sisters of the night and culminates with an outrageous tale of woe, torture, humiliation and death as she reveals the fate of his beloved Komomo. At first, the deformed temptress appears inoffensive, unremarkable, but that soon changes after Christopher calls her out on the truthfulness of her story. Through her sinister ramblings, he learns the true fate of his lover and uncovers the sinister secrets harbored by this twisted and malevolent courtesan who is telling the tale.
There is no taboo subject matter that is left untouched by Takashi Miike in this slimy and offensive short film. It's all here in all of its shocking, grisly, offensive glory. The filmakers must have had quite the checklist when creating this piece- Abortion? Check. Incest? Check. Murder? Check. Rape? Check. Did I leave anything out? Oh yes, torture? Check. Those that are sensitive to dark subject matter should stay away.Read more ›
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Definitely buy this movie! This movie is probably the best Takashi Miike film I have seen in a long time! You will not be disappointed!Published 6 months ago by Jay Macdonald
i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfiedPublished on Dec 23 2013 by james 007