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


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Release Date:
1 June 2000 (Japan) See more »
Family is the source of all evil, in this aspiring horror film which traces its descent from The Texas... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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A sick one not to be missed, 31 October 2001
Author: videodead2000 from Ithaca, NY

I've been around the horror block a few hundred times. I've literally seen a few thousand horror films from every corner of the world. I actively seek out the sickest films on earth, and had thought myself hopelessly jaded. Now, for the first time in years, I find myself genuinely shocked. Of the thousands of horror films I've seen, Iki-jigoku ranks in the 10 sickest of them all.

An excruciating examination of cruelty and insanity, this film makes Make Them Die Slowly look like The Jungle Book. A very cringe inducing mother and daughter team, with amazingly reserved glee, torture a wheelchair bound young man in his own (apparently very well soundproofed) home. With each new scene, I would grind my teeth in dread and anticipation as new and more wretched horrors were visited upon our long suffering (and suffering and suffering) hero.

About an hour into the movie, things take a completely insane turn. Humor darker than a cosmic black hole permeates the films decent into total madness.

If this were a lousy film (and lets face it, most horror films are), I would have still been pleasantly appalled. However, this movie was actually GREAT! The cinematography was creative without drawing too much attention to itself, the lighting was damned perfect, and the performances were absolutely believable.

Those who are not truly horror film junkies will undoubtedly not understand, but if you are among the converted, SEE THIS FILM, even if you have to watch some third generation dub like I did (far be it from Americans to release something this bold).

I have just one question: are the Japanese the only people on the face of the earth who can create REAL horror movies anymore?

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