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Cruel Restaurant (2008)

Mihiro , Sakae Yamazaki , Koji Kawano  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mihiro, Sakae Yamazaki, Katsuya Naruse, Yusuke Iwata, Miho Funatsu
  • Directors: Koji Kawano
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IOQW5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.0 out of 5 stars So dumb, but so funny. February 7, 2009
Cruel Restaurant (Koji Kawano, 2008)

Kawano gave us the best-named movie of 2007 with Attack Girls Swim Team vs. the Undead, and now he's back with a similarly stupid, but kinda fun, movie that covers ground that we've seen about a dozen times before (assuming you like this sort of black comedy). There's Delicatessen, there's The Untold Story, there's The Green Butchers, there's Dumplings, etc., etc., ad nauseam, and now there's Cruel Restaurant. What is it about dumplings, in particular, that causes Asian filmmakers to think "cannibalism"? (Maybe that's why I'm so fond of the stupid, delicious little things...)

Rising softcore star Mihiro (Yo-Yo Sexy Girl Cop) stars as Ms. Lin, the owner of a hot new dumpling restaurant. The restaurant's patrons keep coming back for more, to the point where some of them start acting strange. And then the strange ones begin disappearing... when two reporters meet at the restaurant by chance, they compare notes and come to the conclusion that Lin is using the meat from the missing patrons in her dumplings. The rest of the movie alternates between the reporters (and a friendly cop) trying to prove this to be true and Lin's own hassles, which include (but are not limited to, don't want to spoil the surprise) a very persistent would-be apprentice and every man she sees wanting to sleep with her.

Yes, you've seen it all before, but the script is witty (in that softcore sort of way), Mihiro is easier on the eyes than anyone I can recall seeing in a softcore film since Laura Gemser, and the twist at the end? I'm not one for calling the Japanese "staid", but there are some places they just don't go. And they go at least one of them in the second-to-last scene. I just about fell out of my chair laughing. It's not deathless cinema by any means, but it's a fun little flick, and at just seventy-four minutes, it won't even take too much time out of your day. ***
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you've seen Daniel Lee's and Herman Yau's "Untold Story" and Fruit Chan's 90 minute version of "3 Extremes: Dumplings", you might have an idea as to what "CRUEL RESTAURANT" (aka. Zankoku Hanten, 2008) is all about. Directed/written by Koji Kawano (Attack Girls Swim Team vs. the Undead, I reviewed before) with screenplay by Satoshi Owada, the film is a wild blend of Japanese "pink" elements, horror, comedy and well, some blood and gore. If you think this is just another cannibal film, well, you will be very surprised--it`s not as simple as that. Oh, it also stars ex-AV star Mihiro Taniguchi (Yo-yo Sexy Girl Cop)--so do I have your undivided attention now?

Ms. Lin (Mihiro) is a young woman who has attained minor fame because of her "Tougen Dumplings" in a city in Japan. Food critics such as Hoemi Masumoto (sexy Chihiro Kaganezaki) and magazine reporter Toshika Shirizawa (Miho Funatsu) are very curious as to what the secret ingredient is in the delicacy; even a renowned cook even wishes to apprentice under the beautiful Ms. Lin. When people started disappearing along the parameters of the restaurant, Detective Goro (Katsuna Naruse) and Detective Iwanomoto (Yusuke Iwata) try to unravel the mystery.

The film is insanely goofy and full of comedic elements. The soundtrack like a rip-off from "Jaws", "Friday the 13th", "The Exorcist", "Shaolin Soccer" and even "Mission Impossible". While it does have its aura of mystery, there is a killer on the loose and it is no secret as to who but the motivations all point to a certain ingredient, until it catches you by surprise. Count on the Japanese to make a film like this, the so-called protected and "juicy" secret of the "Tougen dumplings" may likewise disgust and amuse you, but no doubt the secret is very titillating and ORIGINAL.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strang, Twisted, & Sexy, May 22, 2012
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This Movie might seem like your typical horror move. But, it has a twisted ending. Even though you think you get the plot (people disappear & end up in the dumplings) Guess again it's really how there made that's the real kicker. Not quite as grotesque as the movie "Extreme 3" (Where woman have abortions & the dead babies end up in the dumplings) this is a bit more sexy worth it if you a fan of strange,twisted,sexy, horror movies I give it 3-1/2 out of 5.

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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad May 21, 2014
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The story is kind of similiar to The Untold Story only with a female lead in this film, if you're into films that involve cannibalism, it's recommended viewing.
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