This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'd been meaning to watch this *forever*. I was super hyped cos I love Katsuhiro Ishii, & The Taste of Tea might just be my favorite film. Anyways, I thought Smuggler was great... until a super brutal/long torture scene prrretty much ruined it for me. It was just so lazy & disturbing. I still liked Smuggler overall (first two-thirds was great), but it's far from my favorite Katsuhiro Ishii film. Bummer.