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A prostitute goads her father into having sex with her for pay, and that's only the first taboo shattered in this 2001 video feature from Takashi Miike (Audition), heralded for his gleefully perverse take on contemporary Japan. The meltdown of the nuclear family continues when the father (Kenichi Endo) returns home to find his heroin-addicted wife being beaten by his school-age son, and a drifter invited to stay with them becomes both a catalyst for and a witness to the sadomasochistic mayhem. Miike presents his modern Grand Guignol in the voyeuristic style of reality TV, exaggerating family roles (career-obsessed husband, alienated housewife, rebellious children) to the point of grotesquerie. The tone is blunt and pornographic but allows for moments of weird poignancy: in one scene the wife gently cleans off her husband after a necrophiliac episode. In Japanese with subtitles. 84 min. To be projected from Beta SP video; no one under 17 will be admitted. Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 1:00, 773-281-4114.


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