In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left.

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Shihô Harumi ...
Laborer #1 (as Shihou Harumi)
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Komomo (as Michie)
Magy ...
Laborer #2
Shin'ichi Tokuhara ...
Laborer #3 (as Shinichi Tokuhara)
Takao Handa ...
Yoshi, Laborer #4
Hiroshi Kuze ...
Boatman
Miyuki Konno ...
Dead Woman
Yutaka Matsuzaki ...
Gate Keeper #1
Hiroshi Fujita ...
Gate Keeper #2
Sachiko Matsuura ...
Shamisen Player
Noriko Eguchi ...
Whore #1
Megumu Takada ...
Whore #2
Yuno ...
Whore #3
Miho Harita ...
Whore #4
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In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Shimako Iwai, the author of the novel on which the film is based, appears as the sadistic torturer. See more »

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The Woman: This island isn't in the human world; demons and whores are the only ones living here.
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Referenced in Imprinting: The Making of 'Imprint' (2006) See more »

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A Living Hell
10 April 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher (Billy Drago) is traveling through the country searching Komomo (Michie), the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo.

The macabre "Imprint" is another disturbing and brutal movie of Takashi Miike. Using magnificent camera-work and impressive make-up in an awesome atmosphere, "Imprint" approaches gruesome and gore theme like abortion, fetus, incest, torture, perversions and abuse along 63 minutes running time of pure and sick horror with many twists. I confess that I felt uncomfortable and disturbed with the sadistic sequence of the torture of Komomo. Takashi Miike really honors the title of this series, being a Master of Horror. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Marcas do Terror" ("Marks of the Terror")


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