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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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Tatsuo Sugawara
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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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Music by Zentaro Watanabe
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Takashi Miike with a killer wig on
31 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting everything but what I got from this strange little movie. Its far from your typical Japanese "scary girl with long black hair moves in creepy way" movies. After the credits rolled I was more reminded of crazy stuff like "Organ" or some of the Miike movies. "Exte" already starts of like a romantic movie with an overly happy girl riding bike, talking about her life from off screen while some nice pictures float by. Then the movie is full with some rather crazy characters... her sister is a kind of gangster whore who beats her little daughter and steals the main characters stuff, there is a guy obsessed with hair who steals it from dead bodies in the morgue and then there is a girl who was harvested for organs and who can't rest because "her hair is raging". Obviously these are soon connected when crazy hair guy steals raging hair girls body and starts selling her hair to happy hair girl who works as a hairdresser. By then she took her sisters daughter from her rather demented mother to take care of her and things get weird.... guess what, with a lot of hair!!!

The horror element is inserted with people who get infected by the angry girls hair and start growing hair from their eyes, wounds and about everywhere. While at first this works pretty well the effect is so blatantly overused that by the point it gets really annoying you suddenly realize that this movie is not to be taken serious by an inch. Especially in the end there are some unbelievably ridiculous scenes that really made me laugh and with some of the scary and creepy stuff (like the organ harvesting) the whole movie is pretty schizophrenic and weird, especially because the touching life story of a hairdresser is presented around the main character regularly in a TV soap opera fashion.

Believe me, this movie is STRANGE!!! The mix of horror and gore (while here barely any blood is used but rather replaced with hair) and totally ridiculous slapstick elements reminds a lot of "Organ". So if you like this kind of movie and love Takashi Miikes way of mixing all kinds of genres into one strange movie you will surely like "Exte" too. To me its not much about average because none of the elements work for themselves and the whole thing seems a little disjointed. Anyway I had a laugh and some scenes and effects are really new to me. Be sure to watch the evil hair troll at the end in continuous repeat to wet your pants.


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