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Masters of Horror: Takashi Miike - Imprint (2006)

Cast: Billy Drago
Director: Takashi Miike
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Japan, Asian Horror
Running Time: 63 min.
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Synopsis
An American journalist in search of the love he once left behind travels to a mysterious Japanese island where the past is best left forgotten in the one installment of Showtime's Masters of Horror series that was too controversial for American television. It was long ago that Christopher (Billy Drago) met the mysterious prostitute who captured his heart, but their grim fate was forever sealed when he left the island with only a promise to return one day in the future. Unlike many of the insincere souls who promise to spirit the prostitutes away from the dark and infernal island, Christopher actually made good on his word. However, life is cheap on this bewitched island where the local brothel is the sole refuge for weary souls, and though he ultimately proved to be a rare exception to the rule, Christopher has taken far too long to fulfill his promise. Now, as he shares his woeful tale with a horribly scarred whore (Youki Kudoh) whose knowledge of his long lost love's true fate may prove more of a curse than a blessing, Christopher is about to discover that there are times when death can be the kindest release of all. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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a cruel picture by cammelltoe December 11, 2006 - 1:56 PM PST
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When the bloody fetus' start floating down the river, it's not hard to imagine why showtme decided to ban this episode of Mick Garris' "Masters of Horror" series. Helmer Miike Takashi is in "Izo" mode here, laying out a cruel tale about how the relentless brutality of the world turns people into demons. A scarred prostitute spins out the story of her cursed exsistence for a sad-faced american journalist on a damned island. He's looking for his lost love and you guessed right if you said she knows something. Torture, incest, child molestation, back room abortions and astonishingly bad acting follow. The movie plays out like a (even more)sadistic version of "memoirs of a geisha" with a touch of "rashoman" here, a hint of "basket case" there. I liked it, but i wouldn't recommend it as a first date movie.




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