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Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988)

An artist rescues a mermaid in a sewer; who develops bleeding sores all over her body, paints a portrait with her oozes and eventually disjoints her.

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Hideshi Hino
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Credited cast:
Shigeru Saiki Shigeru Saiki ... The Artist
Mari Somei Mari Somei ... The Mermaid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masami Hisamoto Masami Hisamoto
Gô Rijû Gô Rijû
Tsuyoshi Toshishige Tsuyoshi Toshishige
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An artist finds and rescues a mermaid in a sewer. He takes her home with him and she develops sores all over her body that begin to pustulate and bleed. He uses what oozes from her sores to paint her portrait. When he can no longer handle it anymore he breaks down and dismembers her body. Written by Chris Mayo <cmayo@thezone.net>

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Japanese

Release Date:

25 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

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Guinea Pig: Mermaid in the Manhole See more »

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Japan Home Video (JHV) See more »
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At the end of the credits there is a small scene in the sewer where we hear something move in the water. See more »

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I'm sorry sir, but the fish is off.
24 May 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

A painter takes to visiting the sewers to find inspiration for his art; there he discovers a beautiful but seriously ill mermaid who he takes home and places in a bathtub. As the mermaid's condition grows progressively worse, with tumours spreading all over her body, she implores the artist to make her the subject of his work, using the seven colours of pus from her sores as paint.

Bodily fluids; worm vomiting; a dead foetus; graphic dismemberment: Mermaid in a Manhole certainly packs a lot of tasteless imagery into into its 63 minutes, but compared to the sadistic ultra-violence of director Hideshi Hino's earlier Guinea Pig movie, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, this one is a walk in the park: for the most part, Hino replaces realistic gore with messy, multi-coloured goop and absurd, misshapen growths that are too divorced from reality to be truly stomach churning. Even when the mermaid dies and the distraught artist maniacally chops up her body, finding a fully grown dead foetus inside her body, the fantastical nature of the story prevents matters from being too disturbing.

That is, at least, until the film's ambiguous ending, which suggests that the mermaid never really existed and that the artist, driven insane through a sense of loss, has actually hacked up his heavily pregnant, terminally ill wife. Now that's a lot nastier than him chopping up a mythical creature, doncha think?


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