is a very darkly comic
and highly controversial Japanese V-Cinema film created by auteur Takashi Miike
. The movie starts with a documentary filmmaker having sex with his teenage prostitute daughter. On his way home, he's attacked by a seemingly random stranger who knocks him senseless with a large rock, before delivering him to his house. The stranger immediately begins with the man's Dysfunctional Family
— which includes his prostitute daughter, prostitute junkie wife, and abusive son. All the while, the visitor is videotaping him and his family. And that's just the start of the film. It is infamous for its rather disturbing scenes of odd fetishes and violence; and was included on a list of the top 25 most mind-bending movies in the June 2010 issue of FILM
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Author Appeal: Lactation, which shows up in many of Miike's V-Cinema releases.
- Black Comedy Rape: The father gave a man-on-the-street interview to a local gang and ended up getting a microphone shoved in a very uncomfortable spot while they filmed it. His co-workers are horrified (especially since he went on to broadcast the footage anyway) and ask him to take some time off from work. This is played for very Dark Humor.
- Dead Baby Comedy: Rape, violence, incest, drug addiction, and necrophilia are all on displayed and Played for Laughs.
- Domestic Abuse: The father ignores his family and has sex with his daughter.
- Drop the Hammer: A hammer is used to kill the school bullies.
- I Love the Dead: In the climax, the father kills a co-worker, then has sex with her corpse. This does not end well for him since he gets stuck inside her.
- Gainax Ending: The entire movie is surreal and hard to explain but the final scene involves the mother showering the father and son with breast milk, then feeding the family.
- Gorn: The family fights back against the local gang and kill them pretty brutally. The climax involves the father also going on a killing spree.
- Parental Incest: The father pays his daughter for sex.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire family. The son gets bullied and comes home to a crazy family everyday and even then, they still pop up to throw fireworks at their house. The dad is not respected at work, gets beaten and raped by a gang, pays his disrespectful daughter for sex, then ends up going crazy and had a few more problems once he turns to necrophilia. Th emother has an unloving husband, horrible kids, a drug habit, and ends up in prostitution.
- Up to Eleven: It is a very difficult movie to watch.
- Your Cheating Heart: Both the father and he mother turn to prostitution, either as a client or worker.