Mpd - Psycho - Mini Series [Import]
Malice Spreads Like DiseaseYosuke Kobayashi a detective assigned to a homicide unit saw his wife killed by a serial killer Shinji Nishizono. From the shock of the incident he suffers from MPD (multiple personality disorder) and becomes Kazuhiko Amamiya. Soon after he manages to hunt down and kill his wife's murderer. Now a new series of murders have started and the suspect claims to be Shinji Nishizono. Could it really be him or is it a copycat?From cult filmmaker Takashi Miike (Gozu One Missed Call Audition).Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: NR UPC: 787364750993
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It's debatable whether or not Miike intentionally used pixellations to cover up some of the gore. I think he did it on purpose because what little can be seen outside the pixellation range looked very fake. I seriously doubt that Miike would use a cheap plastic model for someone's brains. He probably used the pixellation to disturb the viewer by forcing them to use their imagination.
Buy this series. It's really good. And if you have difficulty figuring out what exactly is going on, head over to the IMDb message board for some explanations.
At times, the show itself pushes the limits of what can be shown on TV in Japan, though it is generally tame by most standards. I've seen worse on CSI. It's not nearly as gruesome as the box art makes it seem and if you're looking for the standard Miike Takashi shocks, this doesn't really have it. It does, however, have his little touches of weird, dark humor.
Overall, the story is interesting, though I find the manga to be better (and a lot more graphic--no kiddies allowed there!). Much of the miniseries comes straight from the manga, though some storylines have been changed, so if you've read the comics, this drama might be a little more enjoyable.
For the most part, the acting was uneven, but the little bits of humor were a nice, though unnecessary and very unusual, break in the show's slow pace. Osugi Ren (Det. Sasayama) is hilarious when he needs to be, and puts on a great performance, as always. For me, he stole the show. And as a little plus, Miura Rieko (Chizuko) is always nice to look at (for what little time she's on screen).
I would've given it two stars, but I gave it three because of it's relatively low price and interesting story. Most J-drama fans would do well to avoid this and horror fanatics will find this boring.
I would love to report on the full series, however, Amazon sent me a box set which included 2 copies of disc two and no copy of disc three. I tried to resolve this but wasted a tremendous amount of time trying to figure out how to return an opened defective item. This one is my loss. Check your product before opening it!
it is an essential component to the understanding of the mysteries and without it - it is all unfathomable.
i feel for Miike - how could they not have found the uncut footage - surely there is a master copy somewhere?? it does his work no justice!!!
this CENSORED dvd collection of the tv episodes may be unrated but its real rating is a simple G for 'generally boring'.
the extras have a few shots of the FX sequenses uncut for diehards only!