That's a new way to dispose of a body, haha, smart. I'm always fascinated by that shit.
Loved this one.
Hilarious, the young kid watching the old lawyer and Aiko have sex. Not sure why they killed him though, he was in the room when they were talking about how they killed the first guy. Figured he was in on it in some capacity.
And rarely does a movie have a nice guy protagonist that’s pretty much as opposite from a manly man as you can get. Sure there’s The 40 Year Old Virgin, but like a horror drama.
I LOVE the antagonist. Jesus. Very uniquley evil. Cracking jokes while he chops up bodies with his psycho girlfriend (wife?).
He kind of reminds me of the Joker, at least the Jack Nicholson one, but somehow believable. Another sublime achievement of this movie (and a lot of the Korean ones including The Chaser). Which makes it all the more creepy and fucked up. SOLID characters, good dialogue, and great story are crucial for me.
And the ultra submissive protagonist (ha, damn foreign movies, can’t even remember his name) behaves pretty much how an ultra submissive man probably would.
I can’t remember what I saw recently, but it was similar in that a nerdy nice guy gets caught up with some real killers and he manages to be super clever and get himself out of all kinds of jams. It was entertaining, but I doubt that’s how it would really happen.
Syamoto (that’s it!) is basically in a state perpetual terror and horror. Fascinating juxtaposition to a total goddamned psycho manipulator/killer. And the filmmakers make it look easy.
And then the mind games crazy-fuck plays. Psychologically dissecting the protaganist and his wife, accurately, I might add. That moment on the small spillway. LIke a scene from japanese, straaaange Fight Club. And then helping him to fuck Aiko, pushing him from behind! haha, oh man, this movie is something else.
If weenie man didn’t finally SNAP, this movie wouldn’t have felt right. But man oh man, did it deliver.
HOWEVER, this is where the movie took a turn for the not so believable. He gets psychologically devoured, gets into a punching lesson, all his rage comes out (that’s believable) but then he like instantly becomes a new man. Meehhh, don’t know if it works like that. BUT, I went along with it.
So sustaining my believability, I guess he rapes and kills his wife because, well I’m not totally sure. He’s become a psycho (ha that scene with the fight had so many parallels with Luke Skywalker and The Emporer. Except this guy joined the dark side) like his “mentor” so that’s one reason, but also cuz she cheated on him? But in the end, the big one, I think, is to show his daughter that he cared more about her than his wife, in a supremely fucked up way. And also to maybe prove Murata wrong, that he was more interested in fucking his hot young wife than raising his daughter.
After you mentioned the killing instruments in Asian films, it was even funnier when Aiko opts out of the knife option and kills Murato with a freaking TV.
Another great aspect of this movie, all the humor incorporated into a very dark film. That’s not easy.
All in all this one had a lot of depth, and I’ve thought about it since. Brutal violence alone is kind of lame to me, but when it’s backed with a lot of substance, that’s quality.