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Visitor Q+

3.7 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Visitor Q is one of the most disturbing and
taboo-bashing experimental works from acclaimed director Takashi Miike of Audition, Ichi The Killer and Crows Zero fame. Presenting a harrowing absurd take on the reality TV phenomenon, and depicting the chilling disintegration of a dysfunctional family. Extras:
Original trailer, Liner notes, Tokyo Shock trailer gallery,
Takashi Miike Biography, Special trailer disc 8 Flavors of Fever Dreams.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kenichi Endo
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EP8TSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Visitor Q+" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on January 28, 2004
Format: DVD
After viewing "Audition" and "Ichi the Killer," I doubted whether Japanese director Takashi Miike could shock me again. Boy, was I wrong! If you thought the piano wire scene in "Audition" went far beyond the pale, or the hot oil bath in "Ichi the Killer" left you speechless--as it did me--prepare yourself for the new nightmare that is "Visitor Q." The scenes in this film about a twisted Japanese family would make the Marquis de Sade leave the room in disgust. I have no idea what Miike was thinking when he made this film, but remember this one little fact--"Visitor Q" is a made for television movie. That's right, after viewing this movie remind yourself that this obscenity aired on Japanese television within the last couple of years. We Americans cannot put forth any prime time fodder that could even remotely compare to this atrocity, unless you count something like "Teletubbies." Thank goodness we still have a few qualms. As much as I distrust censorship of any type, I am definitely not ready to see something like "Visitor Q" on network television on this side of the pond.
"Visitor Q" takes a penetrating look at your typical Japanese middle class family, Miike style. The father of this bizarre clan works as a reality television host who is always willing to go so far over the line in his broadcasts that his fellow workers shun the his very presence. The daughter of the family no longer lives at home since she is too busy putting in a full schedule at a brothel somewhere in town. The young son in this creepy household spends his days meekly submitting to a trio of bullies who beat him up after school.
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Format: DVD
A subversive fable from the brilliant Takashi Miike, Visitor Q is some kind of demented masterpiece. Diverse influences are apparent here, from Bunuel (his delight in mocking bourgeois values) to Kubrick (static shots, symmetrical compositions) to absurdist and surrealist film in general. Miike presents us with a family that gives new meaning to the word "dysfunctional." The father is a TV reporter so desperate for sensational topics to tackle that he videotapes himself having sex with his prostitute daughter. He placidly eats his supper while his teenage son whips and beats the mother, who also works as a prostitute in order to support her heroin habit. One day the father brings home a mysterious guest (the titular Visitor, although his name is never given) who casually exerts an almost godlike power over the family, bringing them together in a most unexpected manner. The film is very funny at times, sometimes in an almost slapstick way, sometimes in a VERY dark, twisted way. There's plenty of room for debate. Who or what is Visitor Q? What exactly has he done and what does it say about the nature of familial love? This daring film will haunt you for days after seeing it.
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I rented this film in hope Miike would shock me. I like shocking movies and like to be shocked. Well, this is not the most shocking flick ever, not even in "shocking top 10", although I reached my goal - I was rather impressed but not terrified. If you just want to see it as one of the "taboo-breaking", exploitative movies - go ahead, it's exactly one of them. If you want to find some deeper meaning - it's also one of those with deeper meaning. Entertainment and philosophy - two in one.
Seems like an average japanese family where:
Father copulates with his own daughter
Mother is a drug addict
Son beats his mother
Daughter works as a hooker
Some stranger comes to live in their house and many odd things happen: father shoots on camcorder his son being bullied by school-mates, mother and the stranger find pleasure in her enormous lactation, in the end everyone takes his own part in an act of necrophilia and so on...
It all may seem gross and disgusting but at the same time it's funny. It's absurd as life itself, it's about modern family and loneliness. Well, maybe if Todd Solondz were japanese he'd made such a film.
So it's not that bad - everyone will find something to his own taste, but also not that good - "Irreversible" or "Audition" are more gross and there are movies that are far more metaphysical.
Proceed at your own risk.
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A short R-rated Japanese "horror" film about a deranged family that videotapes their crimes by director Takashi Miike. The movie stars Kenichi Endo, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, and Shoko Nakahara. The film contains nudity (both male and female; though a particular lower region is blurry on the front for both the men and women; going by the comic books, the blurring/censoring might be required by law in Japan - though in the movie, that blurring does not always occur).

DVD features: Contains the movie (in Japanese with English subtitles) plus some extras. The special features include: a director's biography (very detailed); liner notes (very detailed); and trailers (four trailers: Samurai Fiction; Freeze Me; Visitor Q; and Fudoh).

The movie opens with what looks like a prostitute and a "John" in a hotel room (appearances can be deceiving). Both have cameras, and the jerky camera work appears to represent what the two cameras see, sometimes at an extreme close-up view (though the woman is the one most often in view). Then the camera becomes mostly stationary and the "action" unfolds (though the action is somewhat blurry - the action is blurry, and a particular area of the male form is deliberately blurred; and the stationary position changes). The movie starts out seeming to be just a somewhat boring interaction in a hotel room.

And then it turns strange. A man (call him father), the same man from the first scene, is hit over the head. Then a new scene, set in a disturbing home where the son dominates the mother, and what's this? Father has brought his "friend" that hit him on the head over to his apartment to meet his wife and son.
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