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Grotesque


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  • Actors: Tsugumi Nagasawa, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Shigeo Ôsako
  • Directors: Kohji Shiraishi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VL3UR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grotesque" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

THE MOST
CONTROVERSIAL
FILM OF 2009
A must-have for fans of SAW and HOSTEL

An unnamed doctor has always had everything he s ever
wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme
and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the
prime of their lives, forcing them into a game of torment
that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival. Horrifying,
shocking, and sickening, Grotesque is an examination of the
most twisted aspects of human nature as well as a show of
intestinal fortitude.

Customer Reviews

This movie is just dumb and boring and dumb... did I mention dumb?
Weeksie
How far would you be willing to go for the one you love types of movies.
Felix12990
This movie blew me away,great acting,story line,blood,gore,effects.
gee

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Damien Shalley on March 1, 2013
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Controversial films tend to interest me, and "Grotesque" gained my attention when I read it had been banned by the ever-so-tolerant Dutch. J-horror doesn't do it for me in general - I find it culturally alien and often bizarre. Combine this with the fact that some of Japan's most famous (infamous?) horror outings are outrageously violent ("Guinea Pig" series anyone? No thanks!) and I can take them or leave them (mostly leave them). But, in the interests of staying in touch, I took the plunge into this opus of oriental outrage. I'm not sure I should have.
A psychopathic doctor kidnaps two young lovers, transports them in a van to his basement lab as the unsuspecting denizens of J-metropolis go about their business, tortures them insidiously both physically and psychologically, keeps them captive and provides medical assistance so he can torture them some more later. He is a remorseless tormentor, devoid of emotion and disengaged from the wider world. His preoccupation with the banal - the quality of his cream cake, for example - overrides any feelings of concern or empathy for his victims, and he remains entirely unconcerned by the depravity of his actions throughout.
The torture sequences are indeed harrowing and difficult to sit through, and there is an unpleasant sexual overtone to some of it. But despite the film's ominous reputation, not all of the on-screen activity is totally explicit. Shot choices sometimes preclude seeing absolutely everything, which is probably just as well. The impact remains high for the viewer (uncomfortably so), and there is still plenty of material here to alarm the fainthearted. I won't give away the ending, other than to suggest that "He who lives by the sword" (or scalpel, in this case) might also need medical insurance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Colles on September 15, 2013
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I love a good horror flick, MANIAC or WOLF CREEK for example. This one, however, is really just unrelenting sadism. The term "snuff porn" comes to mind.

There is no progression of a story. There is no exploration or context. The screen is just drenched with one gory scene after another. The director seems to be asking, "How many sick ways can one human inflict pain and torture on another, without actually killing them?". Anyone can see the final sadistic act coming, from miles away.

UGH.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andria on December 20, 2012
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Grotesque probably has the largest amount of torture gore I've ever seen in a movie. It's not the most deeply emotionally disturbing movie, there are definitely more unsettling movies out there to keep you up at night. But as far as pushing the limits of decently believable-looking gore, I think this is among the cream of the crop. The acting is pretty good, and if you find torture and gore unsettling then you will probably find it pretty morbidly suspenseful.
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One of the funniest movies ever made is The Aristocrats which set out to capture the most disgusting joke ever as it is told in the differing styles of today's best comic talents.

One of the best jokes that recorded a defiance as part of its punch line involves a guy stabbing himself repeatedly with a fork because he knows he is about to be skinned. He does this because after being tanned his skin will be fashioned into the covering for a canoe.

His last words are, "Take this, you bastards!"

Three of the most successful horror franchises to date have been:

Final Destination--for ten years killing young people imaginatively.

Hostel--an example for eight years of where not to stay overnight which lacks at least a 1* AAA rating.

Saw--Rube Goldberg devices used to successfully maim or kill for over ten years

Grotesque makes any victims in the above horror movies look like they really got off easy.

The male and female victims in Grotesque establish that the Japanese are the world's new and true Spartans.

If the writers, producers, directors of FD, H, S ever see Kohji Shiraishi coming toward them and if he drops his drumsticks at their feet, all those guys should turn and run.

Grotesque is the most disturbing movie yet made.

No sane person will try to top it--some insane may have filmed worse but no more should be said of them when not framed in a curse.

The ending of Grotesque is straight out of the canoe joke and turns out to be in its own sick way a happy ending if stopped when the screen turns black.

Played passed that point, the movie appears a mobius strip of nausea and two rides too many on an "E" ticket of cruelty.

The last time I felt so overwhelmed by movie violence I was leaving the premier of The Wild Bunch.

I fear I might be confused with Michael Myers if I give this movie a review higher than 4*.
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I don't know what to make of this movie. The title describes it aptly. This is a horrible story and there is no redeeming value whatsoever. That said, I watched this like a looking at a wreck on the side of the road. It's simply torture. And hopelessness. And the fact that there are people like this evil "doctor" in the world makes it horrifying. This is not entertainment. You will not enjoy this movie unless you have the bent psychology of the doctor. On some strange level, the director succeeds in creating this horrible and terrifying movie. I cannot recommend that you watch this. Not because it was poorly done, but because it's just disgusting and horrible and you will NOT be entertained.
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