Welcome To Takashi's World-The Banned Episode Of Masters Of Horror
May 28, 2009
Takashi Miike's (Audition, & Ichi, The Killer) "Imprint" which is the un-aired episode that outshined them all in the first season of Showtime's Masters Of Horror series. "Masters Of Horror" has been quite a pleasure to watch since it's inception in 2005. This much-rumored-about episode of the series became notorious in the horror world as the first installment to be denied an airing due to Showtime's rules. Although,"Masters Of Horror" was fully funded even before Showtime came along, according to the series creator Mick Garris, the directors involved were given totally free reign as to what stories they told and how they wanted to tell them. But when Showtime came on board, they, of course laid out a handful of rules. One was, there could be no full frontal male nudity. Another was, there could be no violence committed on a child by another child (but violence on adults by children or children on adults was fine). Yeah, OK then... Originally the episodes were just going to be released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The story follows an American(Billy Drago)ex-G.I. on a journey to a creepy island bordello in Japan. He is frantically searching for a girl he made a promise to during wartime but lost touch with many years before. The deformed prostitute he meets on the island has many stories to tell regarding his girl and they abound in incest, abortion, murder, and one of the most horrendous torture scenes (with the real life writer of the short story in the grisly role of the middle-aged whore-bully) ever produced. A solid 5 out of 5 stars! Too bad more people didn't get to see this GEM! I just can't help wondering if my beloved HBO would have aired it???
Japanese director Takashi Miike has always been a master of controversial cinema. His films such as "Visitor Q", "Gozu" and of course, the cult hit "Audition" have always pushed the boundaries of horror filmmaking. "IMPRINT" is Miike's contribution to the "Masters of Horror" series; co-produced by American filmmakers, the film nonetheless, carries the Takashi Miike seal of disturbing images, creepy cinematography and a … more