Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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TV-MA | | Horror | Episode aired 7 April 2006
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left.


Takashi Miike


Mick Garris (creator), Daisuke Tengan (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Drago ... Christopher
Shihô Harumi ... Laborer #1 (as Shihou Harumi)
Michié Michié ... Komomo (as Michie)
Magy Magy ... Laborer #2
Shin'ichi Tokuhara Shin'ichi Tokuhara ... Laborer #3 (as Shinichi Tokuhara)
Takao Handa Takao Handa ... Yoshi, Laborer #4
Hiroshi Kuze Hiroshi Kuze ... Boatman
Miyuki Konno Miyuki Konno ... Dead Woman
Yutaka Matsuzaki Yutaka Matsuzaki ... Gate Keeper #1
Hiroshi Fujita Hiroshi Fujita ... Gate Keeper #2
Sachiko Matsuura Sachiko Matsuura ... Shamisen Player
Noriko Eguchi Noriko Eguchi ... Whore #1
Megumu Takada Megumu Takada ... Whore #2
Yuno Yuno ... Whore #3
Miho Harita Miho Harita ... Whore #4


In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ashiocho, Tochigi, Japan See more »

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Did You Know?


Shimako Iwai, the author of the novel on which the film is based, appears as the sadistic torturer. See more »


The Woman: This island isn't in the human world; demons and whores are the only ones living here.
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Miike proves again to be a "Master of Horror"
15 July 2006 | by kuuzoSee all my reviews

Takashi Miike of "Audition" and "Ichi the Killer" fame directed this 13th episode of the Showtime series "Masters of Horror" - apparently it was never aired in the USA because the Showtime people were horrified at the episode, and probably with good reason. I like to think that Miike intentionally parodies "Memoirs of a Geisha", and "the last samurai" with this one. He combines the two in the story of a broken down American man who goes back to Japan to find the whore he fell in love with years before - the parallels with the serious movie "The Last Samurai" are unmistakable. The outlandish and over the top crazy costumes mimic the audacity of the costuming in "Memoirs of a Geisha", and the fact that this was done in English rather than Japanese only strengthens the parallels between "Imprint" and MoaG - and yet again Youki Kudoh (who was in Moag) makes an appearance, this time as a deformed prostitute. There are great lines such as "There is nothing on this island but demons and whores", and others less fit for print, but instant classics nonetheless. There are the classic Miike elements - violence, rogue abortions, murder, and incest, and a torture scene only outdone by Audtion. I couldn't give it a full 10 because Miike doesn't seem to work well with just a 1 hour window, and the plot doesn't make for a solid and clean short story, but fans of Miike should try to get their hands on this one, it is worth a look.

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