TIFF '14 Nakashima follows up 'Confessions' with this lurid tale finding a former cop trying to locate his daughter only to find himself sinking deeper into her criminal behaviour and depravity. A very dark tale made more cinematic by its visual flourishes including animation and tribute to 60's style exploitation flicks. Koji Yakusho adds another iconic turn to his resume here. Pic does run out of steam near end.
Siamo manco a metà febbraio e già penso di aver trovato la visione peggiore dell'anno : confuso all'inverosimile,videoclipparo e jappobimbominkiesco all'esasperazione, si arriva ad un certo punto che non ci si sforza manco più di capire cosa stia succedendo perchè tanto si è già intuito che il film è una cagata nonostante sia ben confezionata
Another great piece of Nakashima! The perfect movie Miike always wanted to make and was totally incapable to do! A mix between Visitor Q and Ichi with a perfect rhythm and a Koji Yakusho in great shape!
After the almost perfect Confessions Nakashima gives us yet another interesting tale of teen and human evil and depravity. This time around there is unfortunately neither tone, style or script coherence leaving the movie reeling all over the place. As a result the movie lacks the drive and focus it needs to really keep your attention. On the plus side the acting is spot on and some scenes are electrifying.
A great piece of modern Japanese cinema. It’s execution is not flawless, but nevertheless very well done and keeps it’s steam for the most part with the plot being pretty hard to guess throughout. The cinematography and SOME of the character progression are the real gems here. It is definitely not a film to be missed. Enjoy an ace in the hand of Neo-Japan.
Super-stylish descent into the best sort of depraved 'extreme cinema'. An ultra-violent, nihilistic, impulse-driven detective story that plunges gleefully into the viscera of sociopathy, seeking a soul. Early signs that it might veer into exploitation (esp. misogyny) proved thankfully unfounded; like the best Miike, Nakashima's empathy for his characters makes for a sort of absurdist humanism - fucked up & hilarious.