My Rating: 3 stars
Well, this is a thoroughly strange movie. It’s definitely not for novice film fans. I can’t say I really enjoyed watching this movie. But, at least I found it to be an interesting departure from my standard fare. It’s a story about a man who signs up for a dominatrix service. The deal is that for one year, he will be followed around by a variety of these women and be beat up or publically humiliated at unpredictable intervals. He never knows when they’ll show up, and he can’t cancel the contract. Maybe they’ll show up during a date at a nice restaurant. Perhaps, they’ll come to his kid’s school play. Or, maybe they’ll visit this man at his place of work and beat the living crap out of him. That arrangement would keep you on edge. And, the film is Japanese. Big surprise, I know.
This film doesn’t really fit into the traditional narrative format. Scenes seem random and unexplained—a non-linear timeline. Sequences melt into one another. The logic all seems very dreamy. And, the stark cinematography really gives the movie a stylish, noir feel. So, the film is beautiful and edgy. But it’s still really weird. This really is the kind of flick you’re going to want to watch alone if it piques your interest at all. Not because it’s shameful or anything. (Of course, the themes are all very sexual). But, the experience is so strange that I don’t think I’d want to subject anyone else to it unless they’re already 100% on board.
Of course, I’m always up for watching a strange flick. There are very few movies out there that I regret having watched. I can always find something to take away from even the most boring or bizarre film. So, watching a movie like this just added a few more stylistic concepts to my repertoire. And, perhaps you’ll find something interesting to take away from this film as well. But, I realize that this movie is a pretty tough sell. You’d think that the erotic elements of the story would be a big draw. But, believe me when I say that this is definitely not a sexy movie. It’s more of a black comedy, if anything. Although, I think of it more as experimental.
Watch this movie if you want. It’s weird, but I know that a lot of my readers are weirdos just like me. So, knock yourselves out. Just don’t come crying to me when your girlfriend dumps you for being a pervert. She probably didn’t understand you anyway.