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Living Hell (2000)

Iki-jigoku (original title)
R | | Horror | 1 June 2000 (Japan)
Yasu is a teenager confined to a wheelchair. His grandmother and her granddaughter are truly cruel sadists, intent on subjecting trapped Yasu to the most violent treatment imaginable while the rest of his family is not around.


Shugo Fujii


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Cast overview:
Hirohito Honda Hirohito Honda ... Yasu
Yoshiko Shiraishi Yoshiko Shiraishi ... Chiyo
Rumi Rumi ... Mami
Kazuo Yashiro Kazuo Yashiro ... Ken
Naoko Mori Naoko Mori ... Yuki
Shugo Fujii Shugo Fujii ... Mitsu
Hitoshi Suwabe Hitoshi Suwabe ... Dr. Kurando
Umitarou Nozaki Umitarou Nozaki ... Sensei
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... The Professor
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... The Inspector


Family is the source of all evil, in this aspiring horror film which traces its descent from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre gore and the atmospheric Hammer films. Chiyo, an old woman and her granddaughter, Yuki, are the sole survivors of a horrendous crime which wipes out an entire family. They find solace under the roof of far-removed relatives. The family's son, confined to a wheelchair, has a terrible premonition when the two women arrive, which will be verified in the most horrifying way. Because, when the house is empty, the boy is made to suffer sadistic games at the women mercy, which become more and more violent making his life a living hell... Written by Leo Urbina

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, torture and brief language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 June 2000 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Filmed in just nine days. See more »


References Lady in a Cage (1964) See more »

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Middle-of-the-road horror
8 September 2005 | by jdollakSee all my reviews

I'm writing this long after seeing it. While the movie is unsettling for a stretch of the production, it digresses into what feels like a horror movie cliché. I was expecting a more gradual progression of violence and torture, but it moves very quickly into the heavier stuff.

While the story and ending are clever, I somehow felt almost betrayed by the ending. Yes, it was a nice way of tying things together, but it still felt somehow forced. I felt like it was almost like they were writing, came up with an ending they liked, then had to build on that ending to bring it back together with the rest of the movie.

And the violence in this movie is not nearly as extreme or shocking as it has been made out to be. It is cruelty, but it feels hard to garner much sympathy for the main character, softening the blow considerably.

I'd suggest seeing it if you enjoy Japanese horror, but I couldn't recommend it to anyone else.

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