1999, Takashi Miike, Japan, 115 min.
With Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina
- Fri, Jan 31st 8:15pm
- Tue, Feb 4th 6:00pm
"A lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie."—Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"A graphic lesson in what happens when you treat women as objects, even objects of reverence."—David Edelstein, Slate
"It's a scary world, isn't it?" Miike's monumental mind-f---er is one of the iconic films of the J-Horror and Asian Extreme movements. It has provoked reactions ranging from rapture to revulsion but rarely indifference, and few would deny the skill with which its diabolical premise is meticulously set up and then ruthlessly carried out. Widowed for seven years, middle-aged TV producer Aoyama (Ishibashi) decides to look for a new wife. A co-worker suggests that he stage a cattle-call audition for a bogus TV show as a way to scout matrimonial prospects. Aoyama is quickly drawn to number 28 on the list: tall, skinny, soft-spoken Asami (Shiina)... Either you already know the rest, or you are best left to discover it on your own. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Note: Contains graphic violence.