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Visitor Q (2001)

Bijitâ Q (original title)
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Kiyoshi Yamazaki / Father
Shungiku Uchida ...
Keiko Yamazaki / Mother
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The visitor
Jun Mutô ...
Takuya Yamazaki / Son
Fujiko ...
Miki Yamazaki / Daughter
Shôko Nakahara ...
Asako Murata
Ikkô Suzuki ...
Sasaoka (as Ikko Suzuki)
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Storyline

A father, who is a failed former television reporter tries to mount a documentary about violence and sex among youths. He proceeds to have sex with his daughter who is now a prostitute and films his son being humiliated and hit by classmates. "Q", a perfect stranger somehow gets involved and enter the bizzare family who's son beats his mom, who in turn is also a prostitute and a heroin addict... Written by Christian D <christian94@hotmail.com>

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The only thing stranger than this family is... Visitor Q. See more »


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Rated R for strong aberrant sexual and violent content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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26 November 2002 (USA)  »

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JPY 7,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 59 mins) You can see the shadow of the boom on the ground when they are taking the dead body to the little shed in the back of the house. See more »

Quotes

Takuya Yamazaki: [to the Visitor, lying in pool of milk] From today on, I'm going to study. I have entrance exams next year.
The visitor: Is that so?
Takuya Yamazaki: Why did you really come to our home? You came here to destroy it, didn't you? I thought so all along.
[they smile at each other]
Takuya Yamazaki: Thank you.
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Follows Tokyo Trash Baby (2000) See more »

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Midnite fantasy
23 September 2003 | by (surrey, b.c.) – See all my reviews

Michael Moore once complained that the Japanese are an insular, complicated people. There is a measure of truth in that. But perhaps, as a North American, he is accustomed to loudmouth extroverts who broadcast their every half-cocked thought louder as their audience becomes smaller.

Not so with the Japanese. The social sphere is internalized to a greater extent, without compromising a culture of communication.

How? Bizita Q, for one. The arts have long been an arena of radical deviation from the institutionalized conformity in JPN culture, manga comics and film especially. If nothing else, the artistic license given to filmmakers in Japan makes for emotionally stimulating material that doesn't flinch where most national cinemas do.

As for the film itself, I found it eminently satisfying. I have a taste for the subversive and the fantastic. Which is essentially what this film is, a fantasy. Ever been bullied? What was the most horrible thing you wished would happen to that bully after the fact? Methinks it might resemble something in this film. Japanese schools are notorious for peer abuse, I wouldn't be surprised if the creative staff of this film were acting out imagined scenarios from the safe distance of make believe.


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