Shugo Fujii, Yukari Umezawa, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (executive) for Cinema for Actors, Power of Pictures, S-Kill
directed by Shugo Fujii
starring Tatsuji Sugiyama, Tomoya Mochizuki, Daiki Tanaka, Hitomi Kawano, Hiroshi Katsura, Takako Sakai, Daiki Yasui, Miya Savini (as Jun Miyashita), Takahiro Ochi, Riku Enomoto, Ayumu Okumoto, Etsuko Tanemura, Maiko Onohara, Gen Ura, Yosuke Nishino, Yoshitaka Senoo, Ryuichi Hidaka, Haruhiko Nishida, Kazuma Wakebe, Yuichi Kawano
written by Shugo Fujii, music by Kenji Ueda
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Fuma wakes up in his bed - to find himself in the middle of the woods,
with no idea how he got there. But he finds his young son Ren nearby,
shortly before they are attacked by warrior monster Namahage - and when
Fuma kills Namahage, he has to realize he has killed his son instead.
Only, in a way, he hasn't. And in a way he isn't really in the woods but
in a sterile hospital room where he's part of a behavioural experiment
that ends in him killing his son, again and again. But somehow, he is
in the woods, as he's a homicidal escapee from an insane asylum - though
he doubts that.
Meanwhile, two lovers and the grumpy father-of-the-bride
have their wedding planner drive them through the woods to the location of
the reception, witht he father-of-the-bride making it more than clear that
he doesn't approve of his daughter's choice. Of course their car breaks
down eventually, and of course they come across Fuma and become entangled
in his story, and they soon all find themselves on the run from not one
but a number of Namahages that seem to grow out of the forest floor it
seems, and stumble from one grotesque situation into the next along the
way, not knowing that they're all just pawns in a large-scale experiment
in terror ...
Now to really do Mimicry Freaks justice in
a synopsis is next to impossible, as the film unapologetically follows the
logic of a nightmare, and the leaps of (not only narrative) reason are
thus the very core of its story structure. And the outcome is certainly
not for everybody, as it's nasty, it's explicit in its presentation of
horror, and doesn't shy away from going totally over-the-top - and that
said, if you're into the more extreme side of terror and are able to
accept a horror-for-horror's sake at face value, then you'll be richly
rewarded with a deliciously grotesque horror show that will stay with you
for quite a while after watching.