There is a family on the verge of dying out. As soon as the father, a famous newscaster, was fired from the broadcasting station, he began taking pictures of anything sensational while hoping to return to the company. He does not aid his son when he is being shunned by his classmates, while photographing the incident. He considers newsworthy his daughter dating an older man and her having sex with a dead body. His son beats up his mom as compensation for being shunned at school. Mom doesn't resist but soon turns to drugs and becomes a drug addict. She makes money for drugs by prostituting herself. This vicious circle goes on and on. One day an unidentified man comes in this family and changes the cycle.
Cast & Credits
Takashi Miike is known to make extreme films with plenty of violence, sex and sexual violence. But he is also known to have a message and a meaning with it all, it is not shocking or controversial for the sake of being so, and this is what makes Visitor Q a surprisingly deep and touching film. I warn you though, Visitor Q is not an easy or comfortable film to view.
Even for the most hardened viewer this is hard to stomach. It is violent, there is incest and necrophilia and many odd fetishes throughout. This would deter most people but if you are open minded and willing to break out of your shell this movie is oddly funny and touching and has a really good message about family.
The story is simple, but this is not a bad thing, it allows room for all the characters to develop over the course of the film. It is the actors who should be commended for taking on such a challenging film, they all do such amazing jobs at portraying sick, perverted people.
If this is your first Miike film I would strongly recommend seeing Audition, Ichi the Killer or the Dead or Alive trilogy before seeing this as this is easily his most confronting film.