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A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Itaru Era (as Era)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Kiyoshi Yamazaki / Father
Shungiku Uchida Shungiku Uchida ... Keiko Yamazaki / Mother
Kazushi Watanabe ... The visitor
Jun Mutô Jun Mutô ... Takuya Yamazaki / Son
Fujiko Fujiko ... Miki Yamazaki / Daughter
Shôko Nakahara Shôko Nakahara ... Asako Murata
Ikkô Suzuki Ikkô Suzuki ... Sasaoka (as Ikko Suzuki)
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Storyline

A father, who is a failed former television reporter tries to mount a documentary about violence and sex among youths. He proceeds to have sex with his daughter who is now a prostitute and films his son being humiliated and hit by classmates. "Q", a perfect stranger somehow gets involved and enter the bizzare family who's son beats his mom, who in turn is also a prostitute and a heroin addict... Written by Christian D <christian94@hotmail.com>

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The only thing stranger than this family is... Visitor Q. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong aberrant sexual and violent content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Visitor Q+ See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 7,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alphaville,CineRocket See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 59 mins) You can see the shadow of the boom on the ground when they are taking the dead body to the little shed in the back of the house. See more »

Quotes

Kiyoshi Yamazaki: [as the bullies throw fireworks at the house] They're here! Everyone, can you see this? Can you see this?
[taping with camera]
Kiyoshi Yamazaki: This is my home! My home! Did you see that? The big strong bullies are here!
[pans to Keiko]
Kiyoshi Yamazaki: This is my wife! She's a lovely little wife! Dinner was delicious! This is...
[pans to the Visitor]
Kiyoshi Yamazaki: ... I don't know who this is, we're not acquainted! Watch! It's amazing, truly amazing! What a scene! It's unbelievable!
[going back to the fireworks, panning to knife in floor]
Kiyoshi Yamazaki: My ...
[...]
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Connections

References Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) See more »

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bizarre, disturbing ...and I thought American reality TV was bad!
14 December 2005 | by theoscillator_13See all my reviews

This was the fourth Miike film I've seen (Audition, Ichi, Gozu...well 5th if you count his short from Three Extremes) and I think this was by far the most bizarre and disturbing. I'm not squeamish or easily affected by movies so it didn't really disturb me but I can see where it would be disturbing to the average viewer. Miike did manage to hit upon almost every taboo in the books. I'll admit that I did feel somewhat dirty because I got turned on by the opening scene...but hey, it's a just a movie.

Overall I think it was a unique take on the reality TV craze and voyeourism in general. While I didn't like it as much as his other movies that I've seen it's definitely worth checking out.


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