Comme à sa spécifique et sanglante habitude, notre metteur en scène nippon, le percutant Takashi Miike, s'est lancé à nouveau dans une démonstrative furia de violence et de mort, avec une maîtrise certaine dans la perversion teintée de sournoise dissimulation et de surabondance gore, pour une efficacité et un succès évidents... www.cinefiches.com
For me a masterly example of Takashi Miike's ability to convince with unexpected genre twists: starting with a kind a social analysis and - after reaching the turning point in Hasumi's dream sequence - merging into a splatter movie, but both halfs kept together with the leitmotif of "Jack the Knife".
What begins as a mildly interesting and atmospheric study of a troubled mind and a dysfunctional social microcosm turns into a tasteless gorefest for splatter fans. If you love seeing pupils shot by the dozen then this is for you. Everyone who expects decency from film should stay away.
Not a classic but the exploitation j grind massacre of schools girls over 40 minutes kinda does the visceral job. metaphor tonality social realism absent really. VISITOR Q is more shocking a dysfunctional family chamber piece, maybe schools massacres are kinda to similar so so now, but it's mike in 2nd gear Hollywood B movie didn't feel japanese enough
(Generous) 5 - Miike's trademark endearing crudeness is present and accounted for, but it's placed in service of a thoroughly unremarkable thriller, with insufferable characters and a predictable plot. I would be lying through my teeth (well, fingers) if I told you I didn't get a kick out of the deliciously anarchic final act, though.
Awesome movie with good acting, solid production work and a heady mix of social commentary and unbridled Miike madness. The dramatic turns works well as does the gory violence and black humour. For such a prolific director this is a stand out effort for sure. Highly recommended.
A tense thriller by Miike with a quite accurate statement on educational systems, that seems to be completely avoided by other school-based slashers; "evil" is everywhere, but it most often doesn't stem from the students or an external factor, but the educators themselves (who in such films are mostly portrayed as victims or the benefactors). "Evil" is a chain, not a nature.