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Actors: Kimihiko Hasegawa, Natsuyo Kanahama, Kenji Nasa, Ryu Okubo, Tojima Shozo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2000     1hr 45min


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Actors: Kimihiko Hasegawa, Natsuyo Kanahama, Kenji Nasa, Ryu Okubo, Tojima Shozo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Fantasy
Studio: Image
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/26/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1996
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

"The odor of death in the city attracts the sellers of human
Dymon Enlow | 12/01/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I didn't have any problem with the gore or keeping up with the story, what I did have a problem with was caring what happened and staying awake. I was wide awake and ready for some insane INFECTION/BIO-ZOMBIE - style action, but within 20 minutes I was already losing interest.

I could go into the plot, but it's not important. My recommendation is to leave this gritty, slime-filled snoozer alone. If you haven't seen UZUMAKI then watch that instead. It might not be drenched in gore, but it's creepy and fun to watch."
Anton Ilinski | Moscow, Russia | 11/09/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I think Western and Oriental people have rather different mentalities to comprehend and like similar things. Because I didn't understand this "brilliant, awesome, ingenious and so on and so on..." flick. When you read the synopsis everything seems to be right and at its place. But then you start watching... Oh, those mentalities...
Try to recall "Visitor Q" and "Tetsuo: the Iron Man" if you watched them, then put them together and add a good amount of surrealism aside from "Tetsuo". And you'll get "Organ". Or maybe you have to do something more because it's by far more complicated than that. Speaking of "Tetsuo" - Kei Fujiwara, the director and actress in "Organ" had a part in that movie.
Well I don't know what to say maybe I'll have to watch it for the second time so everything becomes clear. Although I doubt it will. And for gore-hounds I can say "Organ" is pretty abominable at times, gruesome and morbid. Lots of blood, pus and other excretion. Not for the squeamish obviously."
What happened?
Jeffrey Leach | Omaha, NE USA | 08/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Give it up for the J-horror! You know, the sick and twisted terror flicks from Japan that contain boatloads of gore, taboo breaking themes, and metaphysically weird characters. Oh yeah! There's nothing like spending a couple of hours with Takashi Miike's latest mindbender, for example. If you've already seen and been completely repulsed by "Visitor Q" and "Audition," you can cast your eyes around for other comparable J-horror masterpieces. I've seen quite a few of these Japanese horror films over the last couple of years, so I figured it was far past time to sit down with Kei Fujiwara's "Organ." Why not? "Organ" is a film I remember hearing good things about years and years ago, but never really got the chance to see until now. After viewing the film, I wish I could remember what I heard about it all those moons ago. I'm striving to remember whether I heard the words "incomprehensible," "inaccessible," "avant-garde," or any number of other terms that essentially translate into, "I don't understand what the heck this film is about." "Organ" must surely rank as one of the most obtuse films I've ever seen, and that's saying a lot. Those wacky Japanese are always up to something strange!

Boy, where to start with this bad boy! Hmmm. Well, let me outline what I THINK happened. The movie opens with a sting operation conducted by a couple of cops determined to close down a seedy black market organ harvesting scheme. These two cops, Numata and Tusaka, run into trouble when they realize the criminals led by Yoko (Kei Fujiwara) and her brother Jun have set them up take a rather bloody fall. Numata manages to escape, which essentially means he wakes up the next day in a stupor near the building housing the makeshift organ harvesting center, but his partner isn't with him. Jun whisked Tusaka away to his laboratory at the local university (Jun is apparently a science instructor) in order to carry out a bizarre experiment. What gives, you ask? It looks like Jun suffers from some icky disease that is slowly turning his body into a mess of oozing sores. In order to combat this affliction, he kills local schoolgirls and uses their blood to feed the hapless Tusaka. Or something along those lines. By the way, Tusaka sits in a cubbyhole minus his arms and legs while plant matter grows all over him. I told you "Organ" was weird, didn't I?

But that's not all, my fellow horror fans! You ain't seen nothin' yet! The movie shows us Numata joining forces with Tusaka's brother in order to get to the bottom of this massive weirdness. As their investigation unfolds, they discover that the Kaneshiro construction company has a hand in the organ scheme. I'm guessing the guys in this organization are yakuza thugs since they keep alluding to some sort of new drug that Yoko and Jun are working on. Perhaps it's the drug Jun needs from his sister to keep the oozing madness at bay. Anyway, we soon learn that Jun's mother mistreated her two children while they were quite young, gouging out Yoko's eye and doing something even nastier to Jun. What's this got to do with anything? Beats me, although I think Jun's condition is somehow related to his mother's insanity. Some guy named Hideo, who I think is Jun and Yoko's father, pops up from time to time as well. The whole thing wraps up with a massive bloodbath as the yakuza, tired of their dealings with this operation, set out to kill everyone involved. Too, Jun and Yoko go nuts and start killing off everyone within their reach. Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride the likes of which you've never seen!

It's useless to try and fashion sense out of nonsense, and "Organ" is utter nonsense as far as a linear plotline goes. This is a film that spends far more time establishing atmosphere and visceral images than worrying about such niceties as plot. I spent an enormous amount of time trying to figure out what the movie means (see above) instead of doing what I should have done, i.e. just sitting back and absorbing the funky visuals. One of the more intriguing visuals concerns a young girl emerging from a cocoon during one of Jun's hallucinations. At least I think it's a hallucination. I started wondering if I was suffering from hallucinations while watching this film. This is weird, weird stuff. Fujiwara doesn't help matters with her wild editing techniques or odd camera angles that, although visually interesting, add further incomprehensibility to an already incomprehensible film. "Organ" is the sort of movie where you know there's a message buried under the oddness, but what that message is defies easy description. Perhaps it has something to do with domestic violence. Perhaps it has something to do with the breakdown of the emotional connections between people. Perhaps it is none of these things. Please watch the movie, if you dare, and report back here with your observations. I'd like to understand what I watched.

The only extra on Synapse's DVD of the film is a behind the scenes look at "Organ 2," which boasts a voiceover from director Kei Fujiwara that makes the sequel seem even odder than what we just watched. I liked "Organ" in some ways--a few of the visuals, the truly trippy synth score, the gore--but I felt that the whole suffered as a result of Fujiwara's insistence on eschewing plot and focusing on pure atmosphere. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for watching an avant-garde film when I popped this disc in the player. I'll give the movie three stars for atmosphere and some good gore scenes.
Kidney pie? We had that *last* night!
D. Mills | Silly Valley, CA | 03/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"What we have here is a goo and gore fest which looks like it might have been co-directed by David Cronenberg ("The Fly" is central to one of the film's wisecracks) and Jean Rollin, the French director who brought us that string of artsy sex-inflected vampire films.

This is body horror at its most virulent, with a distinctive Tokyo overtone. Kei Fujiwara (of Tetsuo fame) directed this offering, and plays the central role of Yoko, who along with her brother Jun, run a slice-and-dice shop supplying fresh organ meat to the black market. They share a dirty little secret from their younger days (shades of Tetsuo - Bodyhammer, no?), and roam with splitter-splatter vicariousness through downtown Tokyo. Add to it the fact that Jun teaches biology at a girls' school, and has a sealed-off laboratory, and you've got all the makings of human tekka-maki.

Every frame of this film portrays humankind at it most abject, gutter level. No one who comes in contact with Yoko or Jun - especially the cops - survives with sanity intact (if indeed they had any to begin with). It's an intense experience, like an amusement park ride, but is it art? Will you watch often? I doubt it.

The production values of this 1996 film are average, and the DVD serves up a "making of" featurette for "Organ Part II", should anyone want a second helping."