Guinea Pig 6: Mermaid in a Manhole (1988)

Option 1Option 2

Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 27

No one cared thus far. Do you?

AKA: Gini Piggu: Manhoru No Naka No Ningyo
Year: 1988
Directed by: Hideshi Hino
Starring: Shigeru Saiki (Painter), Mari Somei (Mermaid)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 00:57:16
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Violence Against-Relationships with Animals, Insects, Scars-Body Modification, Violence against Women

Plot – Spoilers:
There’s no humour in this final Guinea Pig flick but a lot more gore and splatter compared to the last few.

A painter is holed up in his room painting his memories and dwelling on boyhood nostalgia. He rarely steps out, but when he does, it’s usually to explore a sewer accessible through a manhole and which used to be a river back when he was a boy. A nosy couple who live in the floor below him are curious about him, and in particular, his wife who is believed to have left recently.

On one occasion while rummaging around in the tunnel, he comes across a mermaid whom he remembers having met as a boy in the river that ran through there. She too remembers him and he is filled with an overwhelming feeling of love and takes her home, housing her in a newly ordered tub.

For some reason, his destiny is to paint her and she constantly reminds him of this, even when he tries to nurse her after she develops a weird disease.

10 thoughts on “Guinea Pig 6: Mermaid in a Manhole (1988)

  • March 26, 2019 at 8:04 am
    Permalink

    Thank you for posting this one. It’s my favorite in the series and I kind of consider it a tragic romance with a horror twist despite the gore. I have a hard time finding the subs in the US. 🙁

    Reply
    • July 20, 2019 at 9:34 pm
      Permalink

      Is this the entire film or is it edited?

      Reply
  • August 28, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    Permalink

    This is the full movie, uncut.
    Wish I could download it though…

    Reply
  • August 4, 2020 at 1:24 am
    Permalink

    Out of the Japanese guinea pig shorts, this was the only one I really liked enough to re-watch. It was both sad and disgusting. It was dis-touching.

    Reply
  • October 13, 2020 at 9:46 pm
    Permalink

    It was watchable but it felt a bit ‘other-worldly’ if that makes sense. Not humanly realistic so it doesn’t feel quite as raw.

    Reply
  • January 11, 2021 at 2:14 am
    Permalink

    Reads like a poem. tied for me with the fourth in the series but for very different reasons. the mermaids got some nice bazoingas too

    Reply
  • April 8, 2021 at 6:52 am
    Permalink

    that was so lovely. so sad. I love the metaphor. and the worms, nice touch.

    Reply
  • June 8, 2021 at 11:35 pm
    Permalink

    I find this one quite romantic ngl.
    Makes me feel nostalgic.

    Reply
  • August 23, 2021 at 10:21 am
    Permalink

    With the bigger budget and better director, this could actually be a decent horror movie. shall we call it Mermaid & Moran?

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: bad mouse!