Takashi Miike (1999)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Containing scenes of surreal violence and excruciating torture that many will find difficult to watch, this controversial psychological horror from cult Japanese director Takashi Miike could be a warped dream fuelled by tormented memory or an agonising hallucination revolving around the fear of a new relationship. It begins like a typical romantic comedy: a lonely Tokyo widower (played by Ryo Ishibashi) is persuaded to start looking for a new wife. With a producer friend, he holds a fake audition so he can screen a group of beautiful women - ostensibly for the part of a heroine in a new movie. But when the widower picks out an ex-ballerina (Japanese model Eihi Shiina) and tentatively begins to woo her, events take a terrifying turn. Like David Cronenberg, Miike doesn't provide his audience with easy answers, emotional respite or a safe conclusion. Instead, using stunning imagery and a mounting sense of puzzled dread, he puts true horror back into the genre. If you can stomach it, this profoundly moving film will leave you dazed.


Lonely widower Aoyama turns to a film producer for help in meeting women. The two men audition actresses for a non-existent film in the hope that a suitable woman will turn up. A ballet dancer catches Aoyama's eye, and he begins courting her - but is dangerously unaware she has a terrifying sadistic side. Takashi Miike's horror, starring Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina and Jun Kunimura. In Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Shigeharu Aoyama Ryo Ishibashi
Asami Yamazaki Eihi Shiina
Shigehiko Aoyama Tetsu Sawaki
Yasuhisa Yoshikawa Jun Kunimara
Old man in wheelchair Renji Ishibashi
Ryoko Aoyama Miyuki Matsuda
Rie Toshie Negishi
Shibata Ren Osugi
Director Takashi Miike
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Other Information

Language: Japanese +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Arrow FilmsGuidance: Contains graphic violence and brief nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Dec 2015