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Red Room (1999)

Akai misshitsu (heya): Kindan no ôsama geemu (original title)
How low would you go to win a million dollars? Just how desperate are you for the cash? Desperate enough to enter the Red Room? In this latest and most vicious game show to emerge from the ... See full summary »

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How low would you go to win a million dollars? Just how desperate are you for the cash? Desperate enough to enter the Red Room? In this latest and most vicious game show to emerge from the Japanese underground, four contestants (a husband and wife on the edge of divorce, and two sisters) are locked in the Red Room to draw cards in the "king game." Whoever draws the king selects two others to enter a cage where one performs the most outrageous acts upon his or her unlucky victim. The game is played to the death. Survivor takes all, and the losers go home in body bags! Written by Anonymous

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Interesting and pretty harsh Japanese sickie.
22 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I gotta say I thought Red Room was going to be a lot more horrific than it was, having read a lot about Daisuke Yamanouchi's reputation. This is not to say that it isn't very nasty at times, which it is. The plot involves four people in a room playing hands of a card game called Forbidden King Game. Whoever wins the hand gets to make two of the others go into the Red Room where they must do whatever the winner tells them to. Unsurprisingly, the results are not pretty. The movie has the look of a dirty snuff porn type affair with moody lighting and lots of set camera surveillance style shots giving it a tense, grimy atmosphere from the get go. The acting, I thought was all pretty decent though I never liked any of the characters much and was mainly drawn into the film by the sense of claustrophobic ghastliness and the reasonable plotting. It feels a bit like the first Guinea Pig film for a lot of the time, except with less grue and more nasty sexual violence. The ending however is pretty madcap and be warned, a lightbulb is deployed in a deeply unpleasant manner at one point. This had me chanting No No No in horror at my laptop screen, a feat that not many films accomplish. The film is pretty well thought out on the whole though and isn't just mindless sickness. For those of a certain constitution, you know who you are, this is recommended. I didn't like it as much as my favorites from the Guinea Pig series but if you've seen all of them and want to go on in a similar vein of Asian sadistic stomach churners, this is a pretty decent way to go.


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