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Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

Ekusute (original title)
About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

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Sion Sono (screenplay), Masaki Adachi (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Yûko Mizushima
Megumi Satô Megumi Satô ... Yuki Morita
Tsugumi Tsugumi ... Kiyomi Mizushima
Eri Machimoto Eri Machimoto ... Sachi Kôda
Miku Satô Miku Satô ... Mami
Yûna Natsuo Yûna Natsuo ... Kondô
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Tatsuo Sugawara
Hiroshi Yamamoto Hiroshi Yamamoto ... Jirô Tamura
Tetsushi Tanaka Tetsushi Tanaka ... Yaguchi
Hikari Mitsushima ... Yuriko Shiina
Ayaka Onoue Ayaka Onoue ... Nana Katô (as Aya Onoue)
Ryôsuke Nagata Ryôsuke Nagata ... Yûta Sakurai
Erika Mine Erika Mine ... Sarina Tanaka
Mari Hayashida Mari Hayashida ... Yukari Suzuki
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Takashima
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What if extensions carried the grudge of the individual to which the hair originally belonged and started attacking people wearing it at random? Customs agents discover a huge amount of human hair used as materials for 'hair extensions' along with the dead body of a young girl with a shaved head. With the corpse being soon transported by the police, the results of the autopsy determine that the woman's internal organs have been harvested. The possibility is pointed out that she was kidnapped in some foreign country and was a victim of black market human organ racketeering ring. A sinister, fearless smirk comes over Yamazaki (Ren Osugi), the morgue night watchman. Yuko (Chiaki Kuriyama) is a young wannabe hair stylist apprenticing at the Gilles de Rais hair salon. After working late each day, after returning home, she tirelessly practices her skills on head mannequins with wigs. One day, her sister, Kiyomi, forcibly entrusts her eight-year-old daughter, Mami, to Yuko. For some reason, ... Written by Grady Hendrix

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What lovely hair you have...

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Rated R for violent and disturbing content, some terror and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 February 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Exte: Hair Extensions See more »

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Japan

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Keep your Hair on, girl ... Even if it kills you.
8 April 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Body Bags", a rather weak early 90's horror anthology promoted by John Carpenter, featured one segment with Stacy Keach replacing his balding head with a murderous hairdo. The little story was unbelievably stupid because human hair simply isn't the least bit scary. Sion Sono ("Suicide Club") also clearly realizes the concept of killing hair is goofy, but somehow his natural sense of creativity and knowledgeable approach of the genre resulted in a very entertaining horror/parody film. During his introduction of the movie – at the Belgium Horror Festival – Sion Sono vividly explained how he found his inspiration in observing young Japanese schoolgirls and their fascination for random and silly fashion trends. According to Sion Sono, the idea of braiding someone's real hair into your own without knowing exactly what happened to this person could lead to a terrifically tense horror formula. The person could be cursed, brutally murdered or be a psychopathic serial killer for all you know! Would you want to wear his/her hair in yours? Interesting idea, indeed, but it definitely raises a few plotting issues. How do you use ordinary human hair as an instrument of murder, for example, and how do you continuously maintain the link with the hair's original "carrier". Well, for all these questions – and many more – Sono came up with answers that balance perfectly between supernatural horror and plainly absurd comedy.

Custom agents discover the body of a dead girl whose eyes and organs were surgically removed, presumably by the organ mafia. Out of pure and furious anger, her restless spirit still causes the body hair to grow fast and in enormous proportions. The totally demented coroner sees a profitable business and starts selling the girl's hair to salons. Needless to say the extensions promptly take control over the victims, hair starts growing from all bodily openings and the fashionable girls die a very painful death. Most of the horrors take place inside the Gilles de Rais salon, where the ambitious Yuko struggles with work pressure as well as private problems. "Hair Extensions" is a wonderfully odd but original mixture of horror styles and – strangely enough – the contradictory themes never really collide with each other. The movie is successively scary, comical, gory, downright absurd and scary again and, as a viewer, you simply go with the flow. Still, the absolute greatest aspects in "Hair Extensions" – even greater than the unique sense of humor - are the literally stunning and fabulous make-up effects and imaginative visuals. The multiple images of eerie black hair growing out of eye sockets and infected cutting wounds are quite icky and the absolute highlight of the movie shows a girl's hair pinning itself like a spider's web onto the ceiling. Sion Sono clearly dedicated a lot of time and effort to his character drawings. Yuko, her obnoxious sister Kiyomi and her little niece Mami are properly elaborated characters and Gunji – the deranged coroner – is the most fascinatingly eccentric freak I've ever seen in an Asian horror movie. The lovely lead actress Chiaki Kuriyama continues her unstoppable series of success roles, as avid genre fanatics will definitely recognize her from highlights like "Battle Royale" and "Kill Bill".


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