Banned in the UK ya know?
Directed By: Kôji Shiraishi
Do you know why a lot of movies get banned in the United Kingdom? The violence doesn’t necessarily have to be THAT extreme to get it done, but the violence has to “lack a purpose”. And apparently to a lot of the higher ups over in the UK, the graphic violence you see in, Grotesque, lacks a purpose. Well, it’s different strokes for different folks, but I humbly disagree with those fine UK chaps. You see, while the gore and nature of, Grotesque, may well be graphic and at times hard to watch for some. I still think it has a very well laid out purpose. After all, if what our two victims here went through wasn’t just a level shy of hell, would the outcome of the film hit any emotions or matter in the end?
An unnamed doctor has always had everything he’s ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple (we’ll they seem to just have met for the first time in person) in the prime of their life together and forces them into a game of torment that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival. What happens not only toys with the emotions of our poor male and female here, but it sets a very suspicious tone for the film that lasts from the start to it’s gruesome and bloody finish. Overall, I’ll call it a hell of a time.
Most of the time when you have a film that goes to the violence and heartless level that this film does it’s all sizzle and no steak. You usually see a lot of hard to watch stuff develop on screen, but it seems to lack any real emotion or hook to make you latch on to the characters. When this film starts, you start to wonder for a short time if this will be another one of those films. It makes you wonder how a film that only runs around 70 something minutes, that goes right for the neck right out of the gate, could possibly fill up the rest of it’s time. However, just when you think the film has already played it’s violent hand you get tossed a curve. A real uneasy plot comes into play, the story goes a little backwards in a very QT-ish fashion, and believe it or not, real emotion and a caring for the characters come into play.
While the film tends to stray a little too far at times into the torture porn (if that’s what you wanna call it) genre, I think it’s more than just that when you take a deeper look into the film’s core. We have a young pair that have just been taken from their first date together. The boy seems to have already made up his mind about the girl while the girl needs more time. What should have been a typical start for a young (possibly with a little more time down the road) couple, turns sour quick. You then see these two as they are forced to spend the rest of their time and do their bonding in between being tortured by a sick man who get’s sexual satisfaction from it. Had this film been made here in the states, it would probably be way less deep and more shallow than it actually is. That’s what I love about Asian films, they make things less typical. And take my word for it, there is nothing typical about, Grotesque.
While the film will be hard to watch for some, it’s very much worth watching. It has good acting, it has great gore, and it also has a much deeper story than just what you see on the surface. While I could make a very good argument that the movie should have ended one scene before it actually does, I’d still recommend this one. Not only that, but I’d highly recommend it. If you like you’re horror a little on the heartless side, mixed with bloody as hell content, you can’t go wrong with, Grotesque. Out of all the “banned” movies you’ll find out there, story wise, it’s one of the best.
While it may be a little harder to find for all you readers in the UK (since it’s banned). Anyone else, from anywhere else it isn’t band, should seek this out and give it a watch. I’d say the same to you United Kingdom folks, but I’m not 100% sure on your laws and I’d hate to encourage something you could possibly get in trouble over. BUT, if you can watch it without getting tossed in some prison somewhere, you really should.
The Rating (7/10)