A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Minami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he decides to take a rest. Not only are the front desk clerks a bit strange, but even the ambiance feels unusual. Minami soon realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.
Started out with a big bang so I was really pumped to explore the rest! Unfortunately it lost momentum and turned pretty much into a big bore!
It does have some offensive moments so it's not meant to be viewed by Mary Mainstream!
Not one of the better Miike films.. You'd be better off watching Ichi the killer, Audition, Visitor Q...
GOZU opens with one of my favorite scenes ever and then continues down a nightmarish road that only Takashi Miike could pave. Where does this road lead? I could tell you, but I'd have to lick your ear for a little while. That's just how this movie rolls.
This film, to me, feels like a Japanese version of 'Alice in Wonderland' that was written, directed, and edited by currently institutionalized minotaurs. Here's the plot: Takashi Miike goes insane and jerks off all over the screen for two hours. And it's completely horrifying and hypnotic and beautiful and wut. The best kind of wut.
P.S. Don't watch this unless you want to see an elderly Japanese woman lactate profusely. I personally love that kind of stuff, but hey, it's not for everyone.
Gestating deep in the pits of a Minotaur's bowels, Gozu's narrative erupts from the insides of a sidewalk-spiked chihuahua, strewn across the shop window as insanity itself glares daggers through the blood into your soul.
Slapstick comedy sprinkled throughout as Minami traverses through the spirit underworld of Nagoya looking for his yakuza brother, Ozaki. Cross-dressing coffee shop owners with complimentary chicken custard as a silver track suit wearing man repeats the same line of dialogue over a telephone receiver. Bones of the disposed yakuza causing flat tires. Elderly women lactating. Minotaurs as schlubs, licking faces and delivering packages. All of these things set to the music of various stringed instruments being tortured by bawling babies.
Perhaps the most disturbing reincarnation/rebirth ever.
A hallucinatory fever dream of disquieting imagery as one strolls through the world of the dead, compelling and unnerving.
Grow some balls Hollywood and remake this one.
Having not seen Gozu in some years, I'm pleased that it remains one of my favourite Miike films. Gozu achieves something few films can pull off - it's both funny and terrifying at the same time. I don't mean it's funny in some scenes, and terrifying in others. No. With each viewing, Gozu manages to get under my skin while making me laugh. An unpredictable and insane ride, this is a definite Miike masterpiece.
''Your wiener looks like Frankenstein's.''
I'm quite the fan of Mr. Miike, and whilst this is a little uneven with some flat spots and a central role that could have been a little more charismatic, I dug the hell out of this crazy surrealist ride!
Two parts Miike, one part Lynch (the diner scene is Lynchian as hell!) and top it all off with a climax that would make Cronenberg proud, and you have another Miike gem that would sit comfortably on a shelf next to Ichi The Killer and Audition.
Be warned: You will never look at a soup ladle in the same way again!
What the fuck?
Hart Street loft, Brooklyn, New York
The main character is basically searching for his lost younger brother with things starting to get more strange and dangerous. A very disjointed movie with things in it that I never expected to see in a film with a serious plotline. Wow, was it weird. It wasn't scary or creepy at all, just had a very odd storyline. It almost felt like a dream state throughout a lot of it. The ending was just plain comedic which was off-putting considering the seriousness of the rest of the film. Interesting film, should be seen by Miike fans.
Miike hypnotizes you to re-arrange your brain. not really to confuse you but simply, because he can.
and the great thing about it, it does not hurt a bit. it even brings you back to your toddler years. it's a reincarnation-al experience.
A crazy mindfuck that cements Miike as the Japanese David Lynch.
This is now the second Takashi Miike film that I see that features explicit breast milking. The ride never ends.
"ya fuck her through the hole" What the fuck shit soysauce was that?! A metaphor for the untainted purity of virginity, cast away into the bizarre trials of sexuality? At every turn the protagonist's chance at sex is presented with the odd, the unsavory, the taboo, and then, man birth. I will spell it out again. MAN BIRTH. I was challenged by this movie dozens of times I rewatched it. I spent hours contemplating the uneasy prodding of my own insecurities of sexuality as this film suggests we all have something to get off of. and it aint pretty. Welp, I dug it, examined a few things about myself, thus exposing the core of my own distresses and made me…
miike's greatest film, his writing never more focused before or after, with a constant interweaving of call-backs, symbolism, and biting satire. no longer satisfied with weird to be weird, or shocking just to shock, every moment of this film counts. from the distorted surveillance footage in the first 30 seconds (pay close attention to this...it's pretty much the key to the entire movie's message), to the phoenix ending of the finale, all scenes are seemingly effortlessly connected with a constant thread that never breaks. it's sad to see so many describe this as just something shocking or durr hurr mindfuck. it's so much more than that. greater understanding comes with repeated viewings.
as a side note, it's amazing the sense…
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- The Cremaster Cycle
- Sweet Movie
- The Holy Mountain
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps