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Living Hell (2000) More at IMDbPro »Iki-jigoku (original title)


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Unoriginal and cruel Japanese film lacks explanations * outta **** See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)
Hirohito Honda ... Yasu
Yoshiko Shiraishi ... Chiyo
Rumi ... Mami
Kazuo Yashiro ... Ken
Naoko Mori ... Yuki
Shugo Fujii ... Mitsu
Hitoshi Suwabe ... Dr. Kurando
Umitarou Nozaki ... Sensei
Noboru Mitani ... The Professor
Sei Hiraizumi ... The Inspector

Directed by
Shugo Fujii 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shugo Fujii 

Produced by
Hiroshi Fujikura .... producer
Masunobu Motokawa .... producer
Original Music by
Koji Tabuchi 
Cinematography by
Katsuhiro Kato  (as Yûdai Katô)
Film Editing by
Shugo Fujii 


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Iki-jigoku" - Japan (original title)
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Rated R for violence, torture and brief language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Filmed in just nine days.See more »
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References Repulsion (1965)See more »


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Unoriginal and cruel Japanese film lacks explanations * outta ****, 1 June 2006
Author: fudgepax261 from United States

In a house 2 brothers and their sister all old enough to live on their own,share the same house that is owned by their father, often away on business trips. One day they take in word that two estranged relatives a 70-year old grandmother and 22-year old granddaughter are coming to stay with them since a year ago the family which they lived in were killed.We meet Yesuhito,an inward and an invalid,whose family members think he might be mentally ill,one day the granddaughter,Yuki and Chiyo the grandmother takes him out for a walk,but sense Yesu only goes out at night is forced and then he begins to get tormented with almost hitting a car or Yuki slaps worms on his lap.(GASP!)Another story we meet is a Reporter who is new in the newspaper business who learns the couple's murder,his boss declines much to his rookiness but then lets him do he then learns something ominous about the granddaughter and daughters.

Shugo Fujii's Living hell starts off promising but the film goes on autopilot when we see poor Yesuhito getting painfully tortured with much harsh cruelty I really wanted to turn it off and eat an apple,this actually went too far from the idea of a crippled kid being helpless and with horrible screaming and it raised no tension,yes this is a well made low budget film made under a thousand what would be dollars even for a film made in 10 days,but the film gives out not too many explanations.

The characters are a bit on the idiot plot device when the boss gives the Reporter someone to check on him,it turns out to be Ken,later when the reporter learns something about him, he doesn't do anything until its too late,or the sister not believing her poor brothers' pleadings who thinks its self-inflicted,"We don't know them well,why would they do that to you?!".Then there's the revelation that made me even really want to turn it off and just have an apple since the last,say 20 minutes is recycled verbatimly and eerily shot like Brian De palma's superior Sisters,yes this is a well made low budget film made under a thousand what would be dollars even for a film made in 10 days,but the film gives out not too many explanations,not even why poor Yesuhito was totured.

I like Japanese,gore and sometimes extreme films but this has no way in being original at all,its nothing like Texas chainsaw masscare,nor evil dead its Sisters only the same. Shugo Fujii probably has gotten me not to like some Japanese horror films and those are his.

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