A fabulous and unique romance horror narrative that uncovers the often-forgotten truth that all speaking beings are driven by a desire to be loved/desire to love.
Miike’s horror-narrative provides all the thrills, and tropes for that matter, fans of J-horror have come to expect from the genre.
“A brilliant narrative exploring, in a very confronting but enlightening way, the importance of inter-subjectivity to attain happiness.”
“A wonderful exploration of dysfunctional familial bonds and the destructive impact narcissism has on human relations.”
“An amazing horror film and a gripping exploration of the cycle of abuse and the horrors child-abuse quite often lead to.”
“Hatayama succeeded in crafting a creative and moving exploration of the inability of a subject to escape his unresolved trauma as well as his guilt.”
“The narrative’s beginning and finale do not fail to deliver the right ingredients to turn this narrative into a satisfying visual experience.”
“Otsuichi hits all the right notes of the J-horror formula, succeeding in turning his narrative into a truly creepy and unsettling horror narrative.”
“The narrative works surprisingly well as an atmospheric piece of tension.”
“When all is said and done, these flaws are not detrimental to the fun to be found in this crazy narrative.”
“The pulsating revelation that every subject hides a destructive drive and violent desire is the true scandal of the narrative.”
“Sion Sono’s poetry questions enjoyment and its function within contemporary Japanese society with ultra-violent precision. This is, in other words, Sion Sono at its finest.”
“Sometimes disturbing and confronting, sometimes fun, but ever engaging, the narrative underlines the influence society, (…) has on the subject, and how the collapse of a symbolic structure opens up the possibility to rewrite one’s coming into being.”
“A narrative that, by way of the cinematographic versatility of Nakagawa, unfolds into a true Japanese horror classic.”