doesnít like really confusing films about forbidden Japanese brain
Kyofu is by the makers of the Ring. Although this usually
means the producers and letís face it what did the producers do but put
up money? In this case this is a film by Hiroshi Takahashi who wrote the
screenplay for the original Ring. And Ring was such a
great idea for a film that it got made three times. This isnít the first
film that Hiroshi has directed but itís the first to get an
international release so whatís it like?
film starts off like many others with two young girls walking in on
their parents watching a film from the 1950ís about brain
experimentation. The experimentation on peopleís brains results in an
ability to people to see the afterlife. It also renders cameras capable
of recording what the subjects see but letís not think too much about
that. Flash forward twenty years later and one of the girls has joined a
suicide cult which is where the film should really have taken off.
Suicide is a real issue in Japan and the film takes us to Aokigahara
otherwise known as the ďSuicide ForrestĒ a real place in Japan where the
authorities have stopped advertising the numbers of suicides each year
in the hope of removing the attraction of the place; however, in 2010,
247 people attempted suicide in the forest anyway. So this film could
have really been an interesting meditation on a subject that really taps
into a social issue that is disturbing and distinctly Japanese.
Instead we get an interesting left turn where the girlís mother, now a
world famous brain surgeon is hell bent on repeating the forbidden
experiments and is manipulating the members of the youth suicide cult
into believing that they have died and are now in a holding chamber for
the dead where people get their brains experimented on....and logic sort
of leaves the building at this point. The mother seems to have a weird
condition where she will be perfectly nice to your face but do horrible
things to you if you sleep. The other daughter moves into her missing
sisterís apartment where she starts having very disturbing dreams and
angry, weird and creepy sex with a Doctor. Frankly the words ďHelp me
clean the smell of my sisterís blood off meĒ isnít the sexiest line I
can think off but it seemed to work for him.
Thereís lots of putting watch batteries with hooks on them into peopleís
brains and portent that something from the other side is coming to claim
them but when it arrives it doesnít look very interesting or scary. And
then at the end...well letís just say that itís either very confusing or
a complete cop out depending on what you decide happened.
Audio: Audio is ok, just Stereo which lowers the creepy factor when
you have a good surround sound setup.
Video: Video is fine, each brain is rendered in fine brainy detail.
Special Features: None except a Theatrical Trailer and some
previews, one of which - Mutant Girl Squad is at once the best
and most disturbing trailer that I have ever seen, almost worth the
price of admission alone. I hope to never see this film but I will be
showing everyone I know the trailer for months.