Directed by Takashi Miike, Imprint was scheduled to debut on television as part of the “Masters Of Horror” series in January of 2006 but due to it’s graphic and disturbing content it was shelved by the TV station it was supposed to air on (“Showtime”) and was finally released on DVD in September of the same year.
Takashi Miike is easily the bravest horror filmmaker working today. He tackles extremely taboo subjects without hesitation, and Imprint is really no different.
It’s typical for Miike’s work but unlike the poor Gozu, he does it right this time. Imprint really is fucked up beyond belief – typical for Miike. Abortion and incest are the two main topics here and Miike delves into both subjects unequivocally and without hesitation as he usually does.
It’s always a pleasure to watch Miike’s stories unfold and this is no different, some of the decisions in the writing are poor but they are worked out in the long haul albeit not the direction I’d have gone with it. Still, another entertaining gorefest from the master of horror.
Directed by Takashi Miike and released in it’s home country of Japan in 2003.
Now, I am a huge fan of Takashi Miike’s work. As disturbing as they are, Ichi The Killer and Visitor Q are two of my utmost favourite movies. They combine dark and crude humour with enamoured violence absolutely wonderfully but this was just a step in the absolute wrong direction.
The film starts out brilliantly and then descends into absurdity and doesn’t let up until the end credits hit you. This really did suck and I was expecting a masterpiece of sorts. It’s Miike so I was expecting something absurd but this takes absurd to a whole new level and then sets a new tone for what is dumb and what is not. I just couldn’t stand this.
That’s weird though, right? I usually love dumb films with surreal shit in it like this, right? Yeah, right… but those films have a point and go somewhere, this one had no point no plot in the final half at all and just descended into stupidity with every passing minute.
I’m really disappointed in this and in Miike. No wonder he’s stopped making Yakuza films.