Masters of Horror: Imprint
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Showtime has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror." For the first time the foremost names in the horror film genre have joined forces for the series consisting of 13 one-hour films each season.
"Have I got your attention, mister?" By the time you reach this line in Takashi Miike's Imprint, the answer will be a resounding, horrified "Yes!" This much-rumored-about episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series became notorious as the first installment to be denied an airing. Now that the hour-long episode is out on DVD, it's not difficult to see why the network balked (although on the other hand, if you have a series called Masters of Horror and you hire the outrageous Takashi Miike to helm a show, nobody should really be surprised). The story follows an American (Billy Drago) on a journey to a ghostly island bordello in Japan; he's searching for a girl he lost years before. The prostitute he meets has stories to tell--and they abound in incest, abortion, murder, and one of the grisliest torture scenes ever produced for a mainstream outlet.
Anybody familiar with Miike's films (Audition, Visitor Q) knows a couple of things about him: (1) there is no affront against civilized behavior he won't put on film, and (2) he's a heckuva filmmaker. Imprint confirms this, on both counts. The only weak spot is the English dialogue reading by the Japanese cast--and by Billy Drago, for that matter, although he does look very cool. The story may or may not make sense, but what stays with you are the pregnant, eye-filling images (cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita) and the truly shocking violence. It is really what the Masters of Horror series seems designed to do: give a director complete freedom to merge style with story. Take this to heart, oh ye of low nausea thresholds: Imprint will seriously mess you up. --Robert Horton
- Commentary by critic and American Cinmatheque film programmer Chris D. and writer Wyatt Doyle
- "I Am the Film Director of Love: An Interview with Takashi Miike" featurette
- "Imprinting: The Making of Imprint" featurette
- "Imperfect Beauty: The Make-up and Special Effects of Imprint" featurette
- Takashi Miike Bio
- Still Gallery
- DVD-ROM: Original Screenplay
- DVD-ROM: Screen Saver
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there really are no redeeming or happy qualities to this movie, its a descent to a place most people wont be able to stand to watch. a story ripe with torture(one of the most drawn out, cruel torture scenes ive seen), death, and lots of other dark elements, including primitive abortion proceedures and disposal of dead fetuses in the river(probably why it got banned from American cable)
if your a horror fan that isnt bothered by the content i listed above, by all means check this out, its more than worth the price.
----- Because of this movie Takashi Miike is now a staple in my horror library. Nothing (in my opinion) he has ever done even comes close to this. Suffice it to say, I really don't feel anything he has directed before this actually qualifies as "real" horror (Except maybe "The Box" on 3 Extremes). "Audition" comes close, but ends up being a love story gone terribly arye. "Ichi" is definitely an action movie, a bloody action movie, but an action movie none the less. Visitor Q is an exploitation flick/satire with an actual message; although god only knows what that message is. I really shouldn't be so pretentious though, because I still haven't seen "Gozu" or "One Missed Call". But from what I have seen, this is the only film of his that is genuinely horror.
This movie is a "must-have" for anyone into gore or anyone who is tired of the same old Japanese ghost flick. This is Asia at its cinematic best. And with this, Miike has shown american horror directors what a master really is.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't fall in love with prostitutes, because you'll only wind up eating aborted fetuses.