Japanese mogul Takashi Miike (SHINJUKU CREEPSHOW THEATER) tries his hand at the wrestling genre, simultaneously turning a blind eye towards the recent influx of J-horror and delivering a solid, squirm-inducing film that takes more chances than most of its ilk. The result is an artistically accomplished, taboo-breaking, and utterly engrossing banquet of violence, with a complex plot that draws the viewer down a path to ever-darker territory. Woman-breasted Jun (Shinobu Kandori) is a pro wrestler who takes her job very seriously, lovingly tackling her opponent to assuage the drudgery of the masses. Her family was murdered by the evil underworld gang, Paradise, and now she only lives for revenge. She conspires with Yusuke Minamida, her senior at the government's secret organization, and sneaks into a women's professional wrestling group. Having her face as a star wrestler, Silver Jun, she goes into a fierce battle with Paradise and is drawn into a police case involving the apparent murder of her family, who appear to have killed with a chainsaw. The eye Jun extracts from one of the corpses, however, tells a different story, and is glazed over with gelatine. Jun is warned by a Buddhist cult leader to cease her "unholy" practice of masked wrestling, Yoshiki's head is stolen from the dumpster, and his mourning, egocentric girlfriend exhibits some very strange behavior. So begins a dizzying descent into an underworld of organ trafficking, yakuza turf wars, multiple personality disorder, and illegal octopus lobotomies, combining truly grisly effects with the Biblical intricacies of an old El Santo picture, and a metaphysical commentary on the transience of traditional values.
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