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Visitor Q

Japan 2001
produced by
Reiko Arakawa, Seiichiro Kobayashi, Susumu Nakajima, Hisanori Endo (executive), Akira Saito (executive) for Alphaville, CineRocket
directed by Takashi Miike
starring Ken'ichi Endo, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Muto, Fujiko, Shoko Nakahara, Ikko Suzuki
written by Itaru Era, music by Koji Endo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Yamazakis are pretty much a family shattered beyond repair: Daughter Miki (Fujiko) is a prostitute who doesn't even shy away from having sex with her dad (Ken'ichi Endo), son Takuya (Jun Muto) is the victim of all the bullies in his school, to a degree that he lets out his frustrations on his mum (Shungiku Uchida) whom he heavily beats up every day, mum can only stand this because she's hooked on heroin, a habit she finances by being a whore for men with acquired tastes herself. And dad? Dad thinks it's a good idea to turn his family life into a TV documentary.

Enter the mysterious visitor (Kazushi Watanabe), who invites himself to the family home by hitting dad over the head with a stone twice, then doesn't do much more than observing the over-the-top goings-on in the Yamazaki family home, which eventually culminate in dad killing his girlfriend/production assistant, then trying to shag her dead body. When he gets stuck inside the corpse, mum actually helps him get out of his predicament rather than leave him on the spot - and for the first time in many years, they bond, so much so that they decide to extend their love to their son, and they brutally slaughter those who bully him. 

A happy family?

Well, almost, there's still Miki the prostitute - whom the visitor hits over the head with a stone, to have the same effect on her he had on her dad ...


Judging from my synopsis alone, this probably sounds like a gross-out over-the-top comedy, and I'm sure it was intended that way. Problem is that director Takashi Miike might know how to gross out his audience, which he has proven repeatedly (and occasionally quite impressively), but his talents for comedy are atbesg limited - to an extent that the film isn't very funny and what could have been a biting satire on modern Japanese family life and alienation within the family lacks any and all satirical aspects.

That said, the film is definitely not the worst you have ever seen, not even close, and it actually has its moments, but it's also not really good either.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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