Imprint is some of the best filth you will have the displeasure of seeing. I was foolish enough to watch it as a teen and at least two images have never left my mind. I had forgotten the rest of the degraded genius this casually throws off, esp Miike’s lunacy when it comes to depicting periods. I don’t know if it’s related to Memoirs like suggested, but it’s a fun affront either way.
the american tv commission that never aired. very impressive art direction and keeps the traditional japanese horror story vibe despite all the graphic torture. miike is definitely a master of the grotesque.
much stronger work than most give it credit for, this film uses its inherent limitations (english language, billy drago) to ramp up the theatricality inherent in miike's 2000s work (he had made 'demon pond' only a year before), filtering it here through ero-guro aesthetics and nods towards the editing rhythms of taisho trilogy suzuki. minor miike, but should be approached on its own merits...
If the notorious torture sequence is just Takashi playing provocateur for the American audience, it is the films endlessly disturbing blend of monster movie imitation, supernatural mystery and bleak psychological drama that makes this one to watch. Not just the definite highlight of the otherwise disappointing Masters of Horror series, but for me, one of Miike's best and most interesting films.
The special effects were a bad choice, they give the movie kind of a Sci-Fi Original Movie feel and detract from what is otherwise a pretty mesmerizing and uniquely brutal distillation of cruelty and evil.
Miike's angry and twisted rebuttal to the forced-exoticism and historically inaccuracies of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is by no means perfect in terms of story or acting, but the art direction is absolutely stunning and is worth 3 stars alone.
Drago’s acting is laughably awful, and they cram a whole lotta fucked-up shit in this 53 minutes, but if you’re into Miike’s body horror and antagonistic filmmaking, you’ll be getting exactly what you crave. Truly disturbing and unpredictable, as always. I can’t believe America was too wimpy to air this.