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Grotesque

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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.

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Product Details

  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VL3UR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grotesque" on IMDb

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12 of 12 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 4 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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(The opening of the review employs a long windup. Feel secure. A point will be made. After it, others will follow.)

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 that, 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, especially if it lacks at least a 1* AAA rating.

Saw--building Rube Goldberg devices to successfully maim or kill victims 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.

The pairing of music and action in thirty minutes is perverse enough to convince me that John Waters to say, "Hold it. Time out. Back it up. Don't do that. OMG!"

Grotesque is the most disturbing movie yet made.

No sane person will try to top it--someone insane might have filmed worse but lock him up and forget the monster.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on May 25, 2013
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I watched about 20 minutes and the torture scenes were too gratuitous without any story unfolding. If you are looking for story, stick to Hostel 1 and 2 or the Saw series. Definitely not for children.

Its almost as if the director got a break making a movie living out his sickest torture fantasies. The thing about fantasies is that sometimes they ought to be kept in your mind.

I would suggest Grotesque (Grotesuku) for cult torture fans. Otherwise its not really entertaining and borders or boring (althought i havent finished watching yet).

Note: This DVD was encoded for US and Canada but i can watch it just fine on My Sony DVD player in Malaysia.
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