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Tokyo Gore Police Review


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A man's bitten-off penis turns into a cannon that he uses to shoot cops. Seriously -- this happens in one scene of Tokyo Gore Police. And it just gets worse. Remember the horrible nightmare you had after eating that funky brownie that one night? It's kind of like that -- on screen.

Japanese gore doesn't get more over-the-top and perverse than this. In my review of The Machine Girl (which happens to be made by the same team as Police), I mentioned there was enough blood spraying in the movie to fill a swimming pool. In Police, there's enough blood to fill the Grand Canyon. There's one pretty messed up scene where police officers tie a woman's arms and legs to the bumpers of their SUVs, and they each hit the gas and yank her apart. Jesus Christ.

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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


OK
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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