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  • Adaptation Displacement: Based on a novel by Ryū Murakami, though the book wasn't translated into English until 2009, ten years after the film was released, so it's understandable that the film is more well-known in English-speaking regions.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Does Asami's freakout make her more Yandere or Cute and Psycho? Or is she only "loving" Aoyama the way she was taught as a child?
  • Grotesque Cute: The scene with the bagman and the vomit.
  • It Gets Better: People coming into this film expecting the wall-to-wall gorefest typical of a Miike film will be initially surprised and disappointed that it starts off as a romantic comedy. Stick around, boys and girls... Uncle Takashi isn't done with you yet.
  • It Was His Sled: It's common knowledge that the movie isn't a romantic drama in the slightest.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Asami wants her boyfriend to love only her. Too bad he has an adult son and a dog. Well, easily fixed...
    • Additionally, her stepfather crosses the moral event horizon the moment he pops up!
  • Nausea Fuel: The only time it is okay to feed someone your own vomit is if you are a bird feeding your babies. Made about a million times worse when you realize that, according to the director, this was not a special effect. It was actually Eihi Shiina's own vomit, at her insistence.
  • The Woobie: Subverted and possibly deconstructed. When you still think it's a romantic comedy and she's showing Aoyama her scars and telling him about the abuse she suffered, one might be expecting a love conquers all ending where he mends her tattered soul and they live happily ever after. Then things go horribly, horribly wrong.


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