Ikuko is a mature, reserved Kyoto woman married for many years to a respectable, now-middle-aged man. The only problem in their relationship has been that her husband is dissatisfied with ... See full summary »
A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life when a small, fetus-like creature murders her crew.
A policewoman is investigating the apparent suicide of a college coed. The prime suspects include the girl's professor, who may have been having an affair with her and the professor's wife, who frequents lesbian bars.
"Beautiful Prey" is the first DVD in a LONG time that I immediately threw away right after watching it, feeling that it did not need to (dis)grace my collection. Just to prevent the same thing from happening to any of you, I'll just mention that:
There is almost no action in the entire movie
It is slow, dry and cheap in the style of the "Zero Woman" series, but without its redeeming elements
About an hour in, the heroine, a cop, goes alone, in the middle of the night, WITHOUT HER GUN, to catch a sadist that she suspects is responsible for at least 2 murders. She is captured more easily than a civilian would, and doesn't even try to kick her attacker in the balls or something. For the next 10 minutes, she is raped, abused, and tortured. If this sounds "cool" or "challenging" to you, you'll probably love this film. If it sounds sick or disgusting, you'll probably hate it.
To be fair, in its first half "Beautiful Prey" does raise some interesting points, especially about who is the controlling half in a sadomasochistic relationship. However, the moment it switches from the kinky to the sick, its fate (ie. the trash can) was sealed for me. (*)
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