Imprint (2006)

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Avg Rating: 4.1 / 5. Voted: 80

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Directed by: Takashi Miike
Starring: Billy Drago (Traveler), Youki Kudoh (Disfigured woman), Michie (Komomo)
Country: Japan
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:03:28
Genres: Horror, Gruesome-Splatter, Violence against Women, Prostitution, Incest, Old-Young Relationships, Pissing, Scars, Siblings-Family, Childhood, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
An American journalist who fell in love with a prostitute had promised to return and take her away with him. But when he finally returns, she’s been moved. He then journeys from place to place looking for her and arrives on an island that serves primarily as a brothel. There are several strange beings on the island, but one particular girl catches his fancy…

Imprint is an episode from the Masters of Horror series and is more Miike weirdness than horror horror.

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lou
lou
April 22, 2020 10:56 am

I think the pinwheels in this movie represent death/deaths- I’m getting this from the scene of the twin putting out the pinwheels for the aborted fetuses? and if so, we know komomo is already dead from the first flashback of her, holding a pinwheel. nice

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  lou
July 21, 2021 3:41 am

This is definitely top 3 on my list of best horror movies. However, like “À l’Intérieur” the ending was too extravagant for my taste. He added caramel, fudge, strawberry syrup, mint syrup, almond syrup, raspberry syrup to a perfectly good ice cream sundae that already had whipped cream and a cherry on top!

And as to your comment, the pinwheels, as the rivers in this movie, represent the uncontrollable drifts that occur in nature. This child couldn’t decide or have control over the circumstances of her birth, just as man cannot control wind.

Zed Man
Zed Man
July 2, 2020 12:10 pm

A strange unsettling film yet emotional too. Nice effects and gore as well. I will be checking out more films by this director. Cheers EUM.

Donho77
Donho77
Reply to  Zed Man
July 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Ja ein kleines Meisterwerk, absolut empfehlenswerter Film, eines der besten Werke miikes, meiner Meinung nach 8von 10punkten….

BulbolitoBayagbagKanor
BulbolitoBayagbagKanor
September 21, 2020 3:01 pm

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OJ
OJ
October 31, 2020 9:08 am

Takashi Miike is one of my beloved directors, his mixture of sickness art and revolting fantasy is unbelievable. Every single movie he makes is a masterpiece.

Bkaulf (Cf411)
Bkaulf (Cf411)
Reply to  OJ
December 26, 2020 9:04 pm

Same, especially because of his movie “Ichi the Killer.”

max
max
Reply to  Bkaulf (Cf411)
July 11, 2022 8:46 pm

I LOVE ICHI THE KILLER!!

Bkaulf (Cf411)
Bkaulf (Cf411)
December 26, 2020 9:00 pm

Great storytelling. It’s just sad that Kimomo’s part is truly *ughhhh*, nevertheless, it’s not boring.

Maniac
Maniac
February 26, 2021 10:55 pm

Pretty good movie. The discarded babies were a nice touch of gore as well. The ending was pretty messed up but this was a movie worth watching. I love Japanese folklore which many of their horror is based on.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
February 28, 2021 4:46 am

Takashi is a fine Director. Beautifully depicted and cast, lachrymose yet demonstrative.

dan
dan
July 9, 2021 3:25 pm

base on what i understand christopher is actually a murderer right from the start something unstable mental health makes him hallucinate of that twin sister and killed her lover, that just for me but i guess its not

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
August 25, 2021 4:21 pm

Would have been even better without Drago playing the male lead.. a shockingly bad performance from him in a typical TM film… Enjoyed the film .. hated Drago

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  Dr Harris
August 26, 2021 11:56 pm

He played his role quite well!! If you can learn to appreciate that some actors are less method and more “theatrical” (eg they will accentuate face turns, or eye movements), and if you understood the story..??

Eevie
Eevie
September 7, 2021 2:09 am

Miike always knows how to make you cinge! The pins under the nails? oh owch!
Another great movie by the master.

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
March 3, 2022 9:52 am

A very entertaining short story by Takashi Miike that while only an hour long flies by. Weird and wonderful with decent special effects. The only down side being Billy Drago’s (the American Travellers) performance which was poor imo. Definitely worth a watch 4/5 needles

secretsanta
secretsanta
July 27, 2022 8:38 pm

dare you, dare you, double-fucking dare you
watch til 50:00 and we can talk