No men in sight, only women...and something unthinkable is girls killing girls! This is Sion Sono at his best and craziest! A film that depicts young women's fragile and sometimes dangerous emotional turbulence and their fear of being chased by the unknown.
Female highs school students, including Mitsuko, Keiko and Izumi, become the targets of ghosts with various appearances including a groom with a pig's face and female teacher with a machine gun.
Cast & Credits
I do believe that it can be interpreted in many ways but I think the way it was intended to be interpreted was as a story depicting how young girls are "used" (I do not mean to offend in any way, this is just how I interpreted the film, sorry!). To quote Mitsuko from the end,"stop using us like toys" is what she says, and very much the message that I think was trying to be portrayed.
The story was very.. wild. lol. Jokes aside, it really drew me in, although it did get a little confusing at times. The beginning was very "wtf is going on" but I think the film definitely improves as it progresses, so keep watching!!
Excellent cast in this film, the main 3 girls and Aki were just brilliant. Aki was a very believable character, probably the most believable of all. She really brought a sense of realism into the film, and whenever she was calming Mitsuko, it felt like she was bringing me back to earth too. The side characters (ily Sur!!) kept me interested and the antagonists were.. questionable, at most.. but I suppose they were doing their job if it was keeping the audience's focus on the main characters.
The music was tense when it needed to be, and suited the mood pretty much all the time. I think the music definitely helped induce my hysterical sobbing halfway through the film (pillow fight by the lake T-T ) Others might notice that at the very start of the film, the music is the same as The Walking Dead! Honestly, I think it fits! The end credits are worryingly soothing but OH BOY that didn't stop my crying.
This film left me doing ugly hysterical sobbing.. yet I would still choose to watch it again (and I've seen it twice now) although I'm not sure if everyone is the same as me because this film was just very "up my alley"!
I'm no film expert, this is just my opinion. But if you choose to watch the film, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!!
I started watching the movie b/c the girl to the right (on the cover with her hair tied up) looked like an actress I'd seen in another drama before. Little did I know that I would be treated to one of the most gruelsome gore fests in cinema.
Now don't get the wrong idea, I simply detest gore, but the ones you find here are so gory, they're almost comically so.
In terms of acting, they definitely cast the right actress into each role. May not seem so at first, but by the finale, you really appreciate their casting choices.
Now the story, I don't want to spoil it too much, but it's basically what you get when you put The Truman Show and The Village (both Hollywood/Western movies) together mixed with tearing/cutting people in half Darth-Maul style. This is easily the weakest part of the movie. There isn't a single original idea here. And b/c of this, you find many plot holes here that were easily explained away in The Truman Show, like the camera angles.
Anyways, I thought it was a pretty entertaining movie. But I wouldn't want to watch it again b/c of the gore. Just once is enough...