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Full Metal Yakuza Review


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It's the flipside of RoboCop in every way: The hero's a cyborg, but everything else is twisted: Instead of a cop, he's a street thug. Instead of a slick Hollywood movie, it's a direct-to-video flick made on the cheap. And instead of taking place in Detroit, Full Metal Yakuza hails, as we'd expect, from Japan.

Takashi Miike is unapologetic about ripping off Robo, but at least he's got a sense of humor about it. Never mind electricity: This flick's hero eats metal for energy. And our underground designer puts efforts into ensuring that the yakuza has the world's longest schlong (no one should be left unsatisfied by the full metal yakuza!), which appears pixilated every time it's on camera.

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Visitor Q Review


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Takashi Miike's never made a straightforward film in his life, so it should come as no surprise that Visitor Q is a baffling and muddled mess intended solely to shock. Oddly, Visitor Q was made the same year is Miike's masterful Audition, but this experimental tale is quick and shallow, whereas Audition was painful in its creepiness. Visitor Q is shot on video, ostensibly by a man who is documenting his family as it falls apart: His daughter's a hooker (the father has sex with her in the opening scene), his son is beaten regularly at school, and mom's a junkie. Meanwhile, a "visitor"/angel comes along to help these poor slobs out... but you gotta wonder if they're worth saving in the first place. With that said, Visitor Q is a bizarre oddity that's hard to turn away from, a perverse thrill the likes of which can only come from Miike.

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