Orozco the Embalmer (2001)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 38

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AKA: Orozco el Embalsamador
Directed by: Kiyotaka Tsurisaki
Starring: Froilan Orozco (Himself)
Country: Japan, Colombia, Asian Cinema, South American Cinema
Language: Spanish (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:32:02
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Based on a True Story, Misery-Depressing

Plot – Spoilers:
Set in a derelict town of Bogota, Colombia, Orozco the Embalmer is a documentary that follows an experienced embalmer Froilan Orozco and his fellowmen as they deal with the almost daily influx of accident and murder victims. The process of making a dead body presentable to family members is unflinchingly captured and what makes it a hard hitting work is the depressing shadow of the townsfolk who live their lives around the bodies constantly littering their streets.

It also provides a perhaps shocking insight into how resilient a dead body can be to crude, rude handling by rusty, seemingly inappropriate implements. And yet how effective and efficient these scrap tools can be in the hands of skilled and experienced men.

13 thoughts on “Orozco the Embalmer (2001)

  • September 10, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    Wow much love for uploading this here, hard to find little gem. Not really all that well made but it has a gritty raw charm that is unlike anything I’ve seen so far.

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  • April 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm
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    This is an absolutely fascinating documentary regarding embalming in Colombia. Mad how different it is done there. 10/10, worth the watch.

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  • June 14, 2020 at 6:09 pm
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    Excellent! I would add it to the “Mondo movies” genre too! 🙂

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  • March 12, 2021 at 1:25 am
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    OROZCO.A EMBAUMER PLUS DE 40 000 PERSONNES EN PLUS DE 30ANS DE SERVICE POUR 10 DOLLARDS US. OU MOIN PAR PERSONNE. DANS LE QUARTIER LE PLUS DANGEREUX DE BOGOTA .LE PRODUCTEUR KIYOTAKA TSURISAKI. A FAIT AUSSI DANS LA SERIE DES SHOCKUMENTARY DISTRIBUER AU MEXIQUE EST SUR LES TERRITOIRES ASIATIQUE THE JUNK FILMS EGALEMANT OFFER EN VHS ET BLUE.RAY

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  • March 15, 2021 at 10:35 pm
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    What a movie.
    It isn’t very well produced and the producer isn’t very good at what he does either, in fact the little things he adds are severally offputing, even more so than the imagery it self, but what it lacks in cinematographic Fidelity it makes up with its absolutely brutal rawness.

    It captures its Environment with little effort as it is. No romantic depictions, no social criticism, no message.

    It is simply About the job of Orozco the embalmer, or More Precisely, it seems to be about the guy with a camera standing in a little shack in a delapidated shit hole of a city, filming Orozco, as the producer does not stop himself from making absolutely strange ruderemarks, unnecessarily integrating himself into this documentary and appearing as a mere Degenerated gore curious outsider that manged to capture something so engaging by chance and nothing more.

    I’m Glad he did not feel the need to add anything more to this movie besides filming his environment and music.

    How something so gruesome and plain can be this beautiful to me I don’t understand. This. Movie is entirely unique and true to its self.

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  • June 10, 2021 at 4:14 am
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    Death. The ultimate mystery and the reason for life. This is mind bending and life changing.

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  • June 26, 2021 at 12:07 am
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    The ‘best parts’ are on a shockumentary… I can’t remember which. The 90’s are a haze at the best of times.

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  • July 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    Really cool watch. This one had a hell of an atmosphere to it

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  • July 18, 2021 at 6:47 am
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    only retarded queers would like this dribble

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    • September 11, 2021 at 9:06 pm
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      So you loved it?

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  • July 23, 2021 at 10:10 am
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    Fascinating and beautiful documentary. The soundtrack was eclectic but sometimes it was jarring and unnecessary. I get setting atmosphere with the shots of the surrounding area and people but it dragged on from the whole reason this film was interesting. Honestly the most unsettling thing for me was the fact that he wasn’t embalmed and had no grave. It was an honor to watch the final care of a humans life in the care of those that have grace and skill.

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  • September 11, 2021 at 9:05 pm
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    Thanks for the share! Been looking for this.

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  • September 19, 2021 at 5:37 am
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    That is some serious dedication. A job like this requires such a strong stomach.

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