This was long overdue. Such an intelligent and well-written movie, with top flight gore/horror effects, perverse humour and a provocatively bleak vision. Also, it has the world's first true zombie hero in Bub who listens to Beethoven and eats people, plus one of the all-time great dismemberment sequences as a villain shouts "choke on them" to the monsters eating his innards lol.
Like a matter of life and death, Jigoku uses the afterlife fantasy as a way of exploring state-of-the-nation concerns, and there’s a streak of conservatism in its suggestion that adoption of western dress, manners, values or vices automatically earns a place in a lake of burning oil haha. A fascinating bad dream of a picture – as if all the things repressed in, say, the films of Yasujiro Ozu, were to pour forth in a volcano of depravity!
If the first…
This is my first filipino movie so obviously I had no expectations but damn, that was fucking intense.
Based on a real life murder scandal dating from 1961, it’s a carefully handled story of incestuous obsession, bolstered by strong performances, builds to a climax which would be melodramatic in less skilful hands. But on the way it also paints a frightening portrait of terrible family tensions, edge-of-insanity patriarchy, and Catholic repression which makes its wider social implications abundantly and devastatingly…
This movie just gave me massive hallucinogenic ambiance. The soundtrack really is the key to combining all the different aspects into one coherent film, making it a 117 minute trip into a surreal world.
“You know I feel terrified at the thought of dying before realising my ambitions. It keeps me awake at night.”
Taking in the whole spectrum of pre-millennial new age phenomena, August in the Water is a bit of a mixed bag. Thematically, it's a real inspiration.…