Copyright Arrow Films

  • Director

    Takashi Miike

  • With

    Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki

  • Japan-South Korea 1999. 113min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    18

  • English subtitles

A lonely widower embarks on an unusual and deceptive way of finding a new partner after a friend convinces him to audition women for a role in a fake film. He soon believes he has found the perfect woman, but she’s not all that she seems. Takashi Miike’s international breakout influenced a new wave of ‘torture porn’ horror, but it digs much deeper, employing hallucinatory sequences and some uncompromising scenes to challenge our physiological and psychological boundaries, and to comment on the violent sexualisation of women in society. Extreme but brilliant.

Content warning: Contains scenes of strong gory violence and references to child sexual abuse.

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