Plot: In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo.
My Thoughts: I have heard of Masters Of Horror before but I have never watched any of the films that have come out of it. So I figured that the best place to start myself is what is said to be the most disgusting and horrifying movie of the bunch. There have been people all over the internet that have described their feelings for the movie and all are pretty much the same, that it is horrifying and disgusting. These people got it right, even though some have said it has the most disgusting death scene of all time. Yes, it was disgusting, but it wasn’t the worst of all time.
The movie in itself is very anti-climatic to be honest, from watching the trailers and everything I was expecting something very supernatural, ghosts, demons, but that is not what comes with this movie. The movie really shifts focus from Komomo and focuses on the women who is the narrator.
This movie I really have to give credit to being sick, disgusting, repulsive, and overall weird, because at every plot turn of the movie you are left in a jaw dropped state of emotion it is ridiculous, when you finally see the back story of the narrator, you will be left in shock much like I was, the twist at the end will also shock you beyond belief.
This movie even though was made to be only a little over an hour (1:03) it feels like a full movie, that is how good it was made, because even in such a little time period, they are able to shove so much into it and make it feel like it was an actual hour and a half to 2 hour movie. That credit is all given to the director of this movie because he was able to keep it so fast paced and easy to follow. Which is another thing that I really liked about it, it had a complex story, but it was easy to follow, you could tell when its a flashback, you could tell when it’s present. I felt that they did a really good job with that.
This “film” has been banned from so many things, airing on tv, sales in countries, although it is very easy to find a place to watch this on the internet.
Even though it was made for tv, they did not feel the need to cut back on the violence or the gore, which I was really pleased about, I thought that it was going to be this low rent movie with not much substance to back up the story line. Luckily my prediction was proved false because this movie really brought it and I believed pushed some boundaries of storytelling and what they can produce in the world of horror.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5. And let me warn you, if you are against abortion, mutilation, or child cruelty, this movie is 100% not for you, this movie touches on some serious subjects and at some points can be very hard to watch.