A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
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
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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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