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"Masters of Horror" Imprint (2006)

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Original Air Date:
25 February 2006 (Season 1, Episode 13)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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a tale of a prostitute and her, uh, 'sister, and also a daring allegory on heaven & hell (more-so the latter) See more (88 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Billy Drago ... Christopher
Shihô Harumi ... Laborer #1 (as Shihou Harumi)
Michié ... 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

Yûki Kudô ... Woman
Toshie Negishi ... Madam of the House
Mame Yamada ... Touter
Tokitoshi Shiota ... Elderly Woman
Risa Uehara ... Girl with Blue Eyes
Kumiko Imai ... Mother
Hôka Kinoshita ... Father

Miho Ninagawa ... Pregnant Woman
Suzuno Nomura ... Girl in Woman's Flashback
Seriyu Ichino ... Buddhist Priest (as Seiryu Ichino)
Shinichi Tanaka ... Pimp
Yasushi Tomobe ... Woman's Customer
Shimako Iwai ... Torturer Woman
Katsuyuki Shimosugi ... Boy #1
Haruo Fukuhara ... Boy #2
Keita Murase ... Boy #3
Dong Wook Min ... Prison Guard #1
Takumi Matsumoto ... Prison Guard #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miyuki Komagata

Episode Crew
Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

Daisuke Tengan (teleplay)

Shimako Iwai (novel "Bokkê, kyôtê")

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Bo Altherr .... producer: special features
Rie Arikawa .... associate producer
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Stephen R. Brown .... executive producer (as Steve Brown)
Ben Browning .... co-producer: Industry Entertainment
Andrew Deane .... executive producer
Mick Garris .... executive producer
Adam Goldworm .... co-producer: Industry Entertainment
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Fumio Inoue .... producer
Takeo Kodera .... associate producer
Elizabeth Kushman .... associate producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... producer
Yosuke Nakamura .... co-producer
Danielle Reardon .... associate producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Tom Rowe .... producer
Lauren Weissman .... producer (as Lauren C. Weissman)
Akira Yamamoto .... line producer
Original Music by
Kôji Endô  (as Kozy Endo Jr.)
Cinematography by
Toyomichi Kurita (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
Tsuyoshi Sugino 
Kelly Wagner  (as Kelly Martin Wagner)
Production Design by
Takashi Sasaki 
Hisashi Sasaki (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Hiroshi Tanaka 
Costume Design by
Michiko Kitamura 
Makeup Department
Masao Fukuda .... assistant special effects makeup artist
Jun Furukawa .... assistant hair stylist
Jun Furukawa .... assistant makeup artist
Tsukushi Ichikawa .... hair stylist
Tsukushi Ichikawa .... makeup artist
Kayo Ito .... assistant hair stylist
Kayo Ito .... assistant makeup artist
Satoshi Ito .... assistant hair stylist
Satoshi Ito .... assistant makeup artist
Kayoko Kinjyo .... assistant hair stylist
Kayoko Kinjyo .... assistant makeup artist
Hiroyuki Kusaka .... wigs: Woman & Girl
Kennji Makita .... chief assistant hair stylist
Kennji Makita .... chief assistant makeup artist
Marou .... assistant hair stylist
Marou .... assistant makeup artist
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
Norihiro Miyoshi .... assistant special effects makeup artist
Hiroshi Nishigai .... hair dye
Kaori Tokuda .... assistant special effects makeup artist
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: IDT Entertainment (as Margo Zimmerman)
Tatsuya Mouri .... production manager
Marie Norton .... administrative manager: IDT Entertainment
Zaida Rodriguez .... assistant manager: IDT Entertainment
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production: IDT Entertainment
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kentaro Horie .... trainee assistant director
Shinjiro Nishimura .... third assistant director
Masato Tanno .... first assistant director
Yoshitaka Yamaguchi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Youji Daitoku .... set constructor
Shinsuke Kojima .... art designer (as Shinnsuke Kojima)
Kazuta Matsunaga .... property master
Hitomi Nimura .... set dresser
Mika Okamoto .... credits designer: end title text
Satoko Saito .... art designer
Hiromitsu Soma .... storyboard artist
Hideki Takeuchi .... credits designer
Jun Tsukane .... set dresser
Sound Department
Yukido Hotozuka .... boom operator (as Yukio Hotozuka)
Masaki Ikeda .... boom operator
Minako Imai .... cable person
Takashi Kosaka .... studio operator: Aoi Studio
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects editor (as Kennji Shibazaki)
Hitoshi Tsurumaki .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Yûichi Matsui .... special effects makeup (as Yuichi Matsui)
Akira Sakamoto .... gun effects
Visual Effects by
Aki Fujita .... cgi artist: OLM Digital
So Hashimoto .... compositing supervisor: OLM Digital
Takashi Hosokawa .... cgi artist: OLM Digital
Kaori Ohtagaki .... cgi director: OLM Digital (as Kaori Ootagaki)
Misako Saka .... CGI producer
Yuichi Yamamoto .... cgi artist: OLM Digital
Shingo Yoshida .... cgi artist: OLM Digital
Camera and Electrical Department
Toshiki Fukase .... third assistant camera
Tomoko Ishikawa .... still photographer
Michiaki Kamochi .... electrician
Masao Kanazawa .... gaffer
Masato Kaneko .... first assistant camera
Kosuke Kasai .... second assistant camera
Kohei Kato .... fourth assistant camera
Daisuke Komada .... electrician
Hidenori Nagata .... best boy electric
Akihiro Shimura .... electrician
Yoshinori Ueno .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shinichi Fuyuto .... wardrobe production
Setsuko Ishida .... kimono stylist
Kazuhiro Sawataishi .... wardrobe
Yuko Sugiyama .... kimono stylist (as Yuuko Sugiyama)
Osamu Tsuda .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Yuriko Hosono .... assistant editor
Shigeyuki Toriumi .... telecine
Yoshinari Yamzaki .... on-line editor (as Yoshinari Yamazaki)
Music Department
Sachiko Matsuura .... music performer: nagauta music
Sachiko Matsuura .... musician: shamisen
Ed Shearmur .... composer: theme music (as Edward Shearmur)
Transportation Department
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Other crew
Tomomi Aizawa .... double: Komomo
Tomoo Fukatsu .... location manager
Gary Garfinkel .... network executive
Kristin Harris .... production coordinator: IDT Entertainment
Emiko Kondo .... stand-in
Yuri Morikawa .... production accountant
Hidetoshi Oneda .... making video director
Shinya Saeki .... production assistant
Louie Schwartzberg .... stock footage (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Eriko Shimizu .... production desk
Christian Storms .... on-set interpreter
Christian Storms .... screenplay translator
Akihito Terada .... production assistant
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager
Golan Ramras .... director of development: Kadokawa Pictures, USA (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mick Garris  creator

Makeup Department
Leanne Rae Podavin .... special makeup effects artist
Sherry Van Gool .... additional assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raj Uppal .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Martin P. Blaine .... lead carpenter
Bill Morrill .... lead carpenter
Sound Department
Kris Casavant .... assistant sound editor
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor
Talvinder Gill .... assistant sound editor
Shawn Miller .... sound mixer: second unit
Special Effects by
Ozzy Alvarez .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jenny Wallace .... special effects runner
Byron Briscoe .... stunt double
Clint Carleton .... stunt double: Ethan Embry
Janina Dall .... stunt double
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes)
Ashlea Earl .... stunt double: Bree Turner
Lani Gelera .... stunt double
Jon Kralt .... stunt rider
James Ralph .... stunt double: William Forsythe
Jeff Sanca .... stunt driver
Sharon Simms .... stunt double
Eli Zagoudakis .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
John Brown .... rigging lamp operator
Jeff Cassidy .... second assistant camera
T.C. Chapman .... rigging gaffer
Glen A. Dickson .... camera operator: "b" camera (episode: "Deer Woman")
David Gray .... still photographer
Gary Stamford .... gaffer: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dawn Grey .... dresser
Music Department
Amanda Sobeck .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
John Sorenson .... driver
Larry Tardif .... driver: camera car and process trailer
Other crew
Ron Buck .... technical advisor: military
Simon Chin .... extras wrangler
Andrzej Dec-Williams .... assistant location manager (odd episodes) (as Andrzej Dec)
Pancho Mansfield .... network executive
Sandra Montgomery .... script supervisor: second unit
Rainer Scheelisch .... special equipment
Stephen Sobisky .... interactive designer
Ryan Steacy .... armorer
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

63 min
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (self applied) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (DVD) (self applied) (2007) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 (DVD release) | Spain:18 | USA:TV-MA
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This episode was originally going to be shown on Showtime in January 2006, but the station banned it shortly before the broadcast. It debuted in America on DVD on September 26, 2006.See more »
The Woman:This island isn't in the human world; demons and whores are the only ones living here.See more »
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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
a tale of a prostitute and her, uh, 'sister, and also a daring allegory on heaven & hell (more-so the latter), 4 November 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It's not exactly as surprising really that the Showtime network decided not to pick up director Takashi Miike's entry into the Masters of Horror, Imprint, but rather why they chose him in the first place. Didn't they think after seeing Ichi the Killer and Audition and Gozu, among probably a dozen others I can't think of, that he would deliver something to the highest X-rated for violence &/or sex caliber? I'm guessing then they either decided to take a calculated risk, or maybe Mick Garris was such a huge fan of his he must've known what he was getting. Maybe no one did. Certainly not me, and I've already dug into a good few of Miike's movies. This one definitely ranks up there as one of the most shocking of the lot of the works he's made, matter of fact probably ever will. It's how really that the director approaches the subject matter, and how its presented, that really makes it so effective in the realm of real horror. This isn't for kids, make that perfectly clear; indeed I'd say if you've ever really been close to babies, or have had them, you might really feel disgusted by a few of the key scenes in Imprint.

At first Miike seems to be dealing with something that is intriguing, though in a familiar style. It's a Rashomon-style tale of the truth behind a grisly matter, in this case the death of a prostitute, Komomo (Michie Ito, pretty heart-wrenching when she gets time to be). Her one-true-love, Christopher (Billy Drago, in a performance that's somewhat like David Carradine but in a slightly different, not-as-magnificent key), is there to find her on an island run amock with prostitutes. He goes to pieces over the news, which he hears from a woman (Youki Kudoh, the most effective and shattering performance of the film) who has a scarred face. He then hears a 'story' of what happened to her, but through the woman's story as opposed to exactly Komomo's. The woman has to tell her own story, which starts off rough from when her mother sends her away as a child from their river-side house to the ring of 'whores' she becomes apart of, and where she meets Komomo. But this story, of which the first real rush of horror comes in following an interrogation/torture of Komomo, is only the first one, and not necessarily the 'truth'.

What comes out as the truth soon enough turns into something that not only did I not expect, but had me cringing and with eyebrows raised, but once or twice sort of laughing too. This isn't a very funny effort really, and unlike Visitor Q Miike doesn't combine satire with the more disturbing, bone-chilling elements. It's a straight-up no-holds barred look at the darkest side of human corruption and exploitation, with the surprises that come up really too hard to believe at times. For example when we finally do see the woman's ultimate 'secret', it borders on being a laughable, un-Godly sight gag. But it's dealt with in the utmost serious way, and meant as allegory- which it is without a doubt the case- is very powerful. What ends up being the most horrific, and horrific to a point that will make those in the US who seek out the DVD covering their eyes and feeling ripped to shreds, is stuff that isn't completely abstracted like with the ideas of 'the soul being in heaven or the body being in hell'.

It's in seeing how the woman came to be, from birth, and how seeing what she saw- her mother's 'occupation'- along with her certain 'ailment' involving her sibling, combine together into something that is much more potent than monsters or savage lunatic psychos. For Christopher, this is something that brings him to the brink of his own cognizance, and what his love for Komomo really meant. Seeing how Komomo had her final days on Earth is pretty staggering, but for the viewer its not exploitive in the sense that it's just shock-value for shock-value's sake (though I'm sure many would argue that, especially over notorious scenes in other Miike films). It's there for a purpose, and made purposeful through the style that is very unlike how typical TV mini-movies are shot. Sometimes we get the bloody, creepy shots, and sometimes not, adding to what horror is or isn't seen as part of the effect. In the end, all of it adds up to something that I might want to try to forget soon, but I probably won't be able to.

In short, if you're already a fan of Miike's, this should be like the treat of the season, with a mix of the director's bravura film-making technique (some shots are pretty incredible, like the tilt from the water to that tree, in tint of green, or the detail in how he shoots 'things' moving in backgrounds, and long-shots), and the no-punches-pulled sensibility of the subject matter. In this case a world of maybe the purest hell on earth with only the dire hopes and undermined will of getting to a heaven. It's one of the director's very best, albeit shortest, works in his very prolific career. A-

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