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Red Room (1999)
"Akai misshitsu (heya): Kindan no ôsama geemu" (original title)

Video  -  Horror  -  9 January 2007 (USA)
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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 ... 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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People wait anxiously for the orders of the king.
13 January 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Writer-director Daisuke Yamanouchi provides fans of the extreme with something pretty extreme. Although there are reasons for the actions, and psychologies are revealed and explored as the movie develops, it really feels like nothing more than a series of escalating and shocking set-pieces.

Also known as Red Room: The Forbidden King Game, the film simply revolves around four characters who have volunteered themselves for a very strange game that will see one of them walking away with ten million yen. The contestants draw cards and whoever gets the king is allowed to order two others to do something that he/she hopes they will not be able to endure. Of course, the king doesn't know the numbers held by the other contestants and so just says, for example, "I order number 2 to dance with number 3 for five minutes". Oh, believe me, that example is nothing like the orders given in the film.

There are plenty of nasty moments on display in Red Room but it's actually not as graphic as you may expect. One or two scenes are pretty hard to watch but the majority of the discomfort actually comes from the audio mix, that has been exaggerated and heightened alongside every piece of nastiness.

Those who have seen the Guinea Pig movies and know just how far the Japanese can go, at times, may want to check out Red Room. Everyone else will probably want to avoid it. In fact, everyone else will probably look warily at anyone who admits to having seen it.


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