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Billy Drago , Shihô Harumi , Takashi Miike    Unrated   DVD
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In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
This film had me on the edge and that's a good thing. I personally think `Imprint' plays out like a dozen Takashi Miike movies rolled into one. On the visual side, this is possibly his most polished film to date, and is one of the better looking Masters of Horror episodes. More art than splatter, the style of Imprint has more in common with Miike's segment in Three... Extremes, with gorgeous cinematography, lighting and framing that most of the Masters of Horror episodes were sadly lacking.

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).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Miike should have left Showtime behind Oct. 15 2006
As a fan of Takashi Miike I was disappointed with the overt American influence on Imprint. It should have been a Japanese production, in Japanese. The work felt compressed with no time to more convincingly set up the premise. However, the biggest dissapointment was in choosing Billy Drago to portray the American looking for his lost love. I really don't think I've seen a worse case of over-acting before. The production team obviously lacks the artistic sensibilty to discern such a lack of talent. The special effects were fine as was the score and as you would expect Takashi Miike always finds engaging ways to make you squirm in your seat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good Dec 23 2013
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i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Entry in the Already Shocking Series. Sept. 17 2013
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"Imprint" has the distinction of being the only episode in this now extinct series to be banned from TV. After finally watching it, I can understand the hype and controversy. This is, hands down, the most unpleasant and disgusting entry in the Season 1 catalogue and that is saying a lot since many of these episodes pile on the gore, nudity and general sleaze.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big fan Oct. 23 2006
But this movie was crazy they should of called it TABOO I totally understand and agree with the banning from television and should have never realesed it on DVD as well no Miike movie turned my stomach and made me want to turn it off like this one has between the torture scene to the incestial rape and pedophillia portrayed in this movie should have never been put to film.I do love most of Miike's work but this was just wrong!
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