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74. VISITOR Q [Bijitâ Q] (2001)

“Some things are truly strange.”–Father from Visitor Q, preparing to commit an unnatural act

DIRECTED BY: Takashi Miike

FEATURING: Shungiku Uchida, Ken’ichi Endô, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô, Fujiko

PLOT: Father is a television reporter who was publicly humiliated when he was sodomized on camera by a gang of punks, Mother turns tricks to pay for . . . → Read More: 74. VISITOR Q [Bijitâ Q] (2001)

57. GOZU (2003)

AKA Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu (full Japanese title)

“INDIEWIRE INTERVIEWER: Are there any themes or images you find too upsetting or disturbing to show?

MIIKE: Normal things.”

DIRECTED BY: Takashi Miike

FEATURING: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino

PLOT:  Minami is a journeyman yakuza whose boss Ozaki is going insane, and who has been ordered . . . → Read More: 57. GOZU (2003)

BORDERLINE WEIRD: VISITOR Q [Bijitâ Q] (2001)

Due to popular demand, Visitor Q has been re-evaluated and certified weird, and the review has been updated to a full entry. This initial review is left here for archival purposes.

DIRECTED BY: Takashi Miike

FEATURING: Ken’ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô, Fujiko

PLOT: A bizarrely dysfunctional Japanese family—dad is a TV . . . → Read More: BORDERLINE WEIRD: VISITOR Q [Bijitâ Q] (2001)

CAPSULE: ONE MISSED CALL [CHAKUSHIN ARI] (2003)

DIRECTED BY:  Takashi Miike

FEATURING: Kou Shibasaki, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi

PLOT:  Students begin receiving phone calls from their own cell phones, dated three days

in the future; the message is their own voice screaming, and they all end up dead at the appointed time. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST:  Weird director Miike adds . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: ONE MISSED CALL [CHAKUSHIN ARI] (2003)

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