Japan 2021



The cult classic that brought Takashi Miike’s work to international audiences and influenced a wave of ‘torture porn’ horror.

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Japan 1999
Dir Takashi Miike
With Eihi Shiina, Ryo Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura
English subtitles
Certificate 18

Shigeharu Aoyama, a lonely widower, embarks on an unusual and deceptive way of finding a potential wife after a friend convinces him to audition women for a fake part. He thinks he finds the ideal woman in Asami Yamazaki, but she’s not all that she seems. Arguably one of the best horror films of all time, this cult classic brought Takashi Miike’s work to international audiences, and influenced a new wave of splatter/‘torture porn’ horror.

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Please note: this film contains scenes of strong violence and torture, and references to sexual abuse.

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