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100% Politically Incorrect
The Human Centipede was shocking in concept alone, not to mention filmmaker Tom Six's unflinching approach to the actual acts. It arrived at the tail end of an era of torture porn horror films, including the final entry of the Saw franchise a mere six months later, but took the genre in a new direction with the inclusion of a mad-scientist angle. Dieter Laser chewed the scenery as Dr. Heiter, carrying out an experiment that Six still insists to be 100% medically accurate.
If The Human Centipede was shocking in concept and followed through with execution, the sequel somehow managed to increase both creativity and shock value. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has moments of absolute brilliant excess in the actual nitty-gritty of the film's abuse and degradation under the thin pretense of medical experimentation, but the real genius comes in the actual concept of the movie's plot. Rather than keep the same villain from the first film, the sequel is about a nearly mute psychopath named Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), whose obsession with The Human Centipede film leads him to carry out his own makeshift experiment. This time around, the promise was for carnage that is 100% medically inaccurate.
Here's where things get tricky; now I have to review The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) having already explained that the first sequel doubled down on both creativity and shocking gore. Anyone who has experienced the first two films will first and foremost want to know if the film manages to top the prior two. The answer is yes, but not in the ways that you would expect, and likely not the way most horror fans would have hoped. In terms of shocking sequences, The Human Centipede III comes nowhere close to the previous installment. On the other hand, this is the most striking in terms of political and social satire, fittingly given the tagline "100% Politically Incorrect." And the film still has its hand at excess, though this time it comes in the form of Dieter Laser's delightfully over-the-top performance.
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Bou ying (2011)
Another Asian revenge crime film
Revenge is a common theme in Chinese action films, and even just in the filmography of producer Johnnie To, who is best known for another film called Vengeance. This one is called Punished, though it is somewhat of an untraditional revenge film. There are more layers of plot and morality than the average revenge film, though it packs just as much excitement.
Punished begins as a rather unpleasant family melodrama. It feels like a Chinese episode of "The Sopranos" when the drug habit of a powerful man (Anthony Wong) becomes more than just an embarrassment. Her behavior threatens business, which somehow feels slightly less than legitimate, but none of this is an issue when the daughter is suddenly kidnapped. The reasons for this kidnapping are unknown, and even after the ransom is paid she is killed just the same.
This is when it becomes a revenge film, though there is a certain level of distance in this vengeance. Instead of dirtying his hands with the act of murdering the people responsible for his daughter's death, the tycoon hires his ex-bodyguard (Richie Jen) to do it instead. Determined to make enough money to ensure his son's financial stability in life, this bodyguard is willing to throw everything away in order to destroy the culprits. He videotapes the deaths and sends them back to his boss, who only becomes involved with the final death.
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Beyond Honor (2004)
Scenes are almost shockingly unbearable to watch when dealing with a topic never seen on film before.
This movie is extremely hard to watch, but that is because the characters are so real that you begin to feel their pain. It is a really good movie and an important movie. Should be in more theaters. There are a lot of good sub-plots. The whole family in the film is fascinating to watch. Also look for the boyfriend of the lead actress's friend in the movie. He is also on the show Twins with Melanie Griffith. Only an independent film would be able to make this movie. Hollywood would never touch this subject even though they could do A Million Dollar Baby. This could be the most controversial film I've ever seen.