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Red Room (1999)

Akai misshitsu (heya): Kindan no ôsama geemu (original title)
Four random people (two sisters and a married couple) volunteer to participate in a mysterious game for a chance to win 10 million yen. They have to take turns torturing their fellow players until only one is left.


Daisuke Yamanouchi


Daisuke Yamanouchi (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Hiroshi Kitasenju Hiroshi Kitasenju ... Isawa Togashi
Sheena Nagamori Sheena Nagamori ... Hiromi (as Shiina Nagamori)
Mayumi Ookawa Mayumi Ookawa ... Masako Togashi
Yuuki Tsukamoto Yuuki Tsukamoto ... Kanako Yoshino


How low would you go to win a million dollars? Just how desperate are you for the cash? Desperate enough to enter the Red Room? In this latest and most vicious game show to emerge from the Japanese underground, four contestants (a husband and wife on the edge of divorce, and two sisters) are locked in the Red Room to draw cards in the "king game." Whoever draws the king selects two others to enter a cage where one performs the most outrageous acts upon his or her unlucky victim. The game is played to the death. Survivor takes all, and the losers go home in body bags! Written by Anonymous

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A well aimed blow to the viewer's senses
22 April 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Red Room" is a low-budget, shot-on-video movie that is a "Guinea Pig" for the late-nineties. Despite a slow start, the film soon enters familiar territory as we see four players of the ultimate reality game show carry out acts of depravity, physical humiliation, violence and rape on one another in an attempt to win 10 million Japanese Yen (around $85,000).

While most of the unpleasantness will be nothing new to regular viewers of J-Horror, it's the plot of this straight-to-video production that makes the difference. A psychological exercise as well as a graphic one, "Red Room" actually manages to deliver a well-aimed punch to the viewer's senses.

Some people will hate this film due to its slow pace and lack of gore. The film has a slow-burn delivery of its content and it rewards the patient viewer.

Somehow, this politically incorrect film manages to titillate and appall at the same time. It's not to all tastes but is a tentative recommendation to fans of the "Guinea Pig" films and transgressive horror in general.

Curiously, while the unsavoury delights unfold on the screen, an up-beat, porn soundtrack is used. On top of this, the audio during scenes of intimacy is superbly vile, with over-the-top slurping noises used to great effect.

On the strength of this little film, I'll be checking out further Daisuke Yamanouchi movies in the future.

7 out of 10.

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