Masters of Horror: Season 1, Episode 13

Imprint (7 Apr. 2006)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shihô Harumi ...
Laborer #1 (as Shihou Harumi)
Komomo (as Michie)
Magy ...
Laborer #2
Shin'ichi Tokuhara ...
Laborer #3 (as Shinichi Tokuhara)
Takao Handa ...
Yoshi, Laborer #4
Hiroshi Kuze ...
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


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 »


The Woman: This island isn't in the human world; demons and whores are the only ones living here.
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Miike fans... Don't get your hopes up!
27 March 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Of all of the first Master of Horror series, this was the one that I was looking forward to the most and also the one that I was most disappointed with (isn't always the way!). Miike fans will note that many of his trademark scenes from his previous films were kind of redone for English Speaking audiences in this one, which is in itself worth seeing, I guess (especially in regard to the cringe factor). Far too many film concepts there for a one hour film though. My biggest beef was with male lead, Billy Drago. He severely over-acted what was already an annoyingly repetitive script... By the end of the movie, the mere sound of his voice was enough to ruin the scene. Otherwise, the story line was pretty ordinary. It seemed to be a little unsure of what it was trying to achieve. Too weird to be a standard plot yet it seemed to tie off too many loose ends to be credited as just plain weird! The dialogue seemed to have lost quite a lot in translation also. In conclusion, this is worth a look if your a die fan fan of Miike's work but one of the lesser films in the series, unfortunately.

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