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Imprint 

TV-MA | | Horror | Episode aired 7 April 2006
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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

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

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
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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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Horror

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ashiocho, Tochigi, Japan See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This episode was originally going to be shown on Showtime in January 2006, but the station banned it shortly before the broadcast. It debuted in America on DVD on September 26, 2006. See more »

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The Woman: This island isn't in the human world; demons and whores are the only ones living here.
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Referenced in Imprinting: The Making of 'Imprint' (2006) See more »

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A Living Hell
10 April 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher (Billy Drago) is traveling through the country searching Komomo (Michie), 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.

The macabre "Imprint" is another disturbing and brutal movie of Takashi Miike. Using magnificent camera-work and impressive make-up in an awesome atmosphere, "Imprint" approaches gruesome and gore theme like abortion, fetus, incest, torture, perversions and abuse along 63 minutes running time of pure and sick horror with many twists. I confess that I felt uncomfortable and disturbed with the sadistic sequence of the torture of Komomo. Takashi Miike really honors the title of this series, being a Master of Horror. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Marcas do Terror" ("Marks of the Terror")


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