31 Days of Horror: Film #27 ORGAN
Well, that was gross. I mean, when a film is called Organ, gross kind of figures into your expectations, but still…
Organ has the reputation of being a sick-ass movie and it more than lives up to that rep. Is it a good movie, though? Um, no, I don’t think so.
Organ is about illegal organ harvesting in one of Tokyo’s darker, nastier parts of town. A pair of undercover cops are investigating the organ harvesting ring and end up getting too close… Lots of dead bodies, nasty gore, and squishy stuff.
The movie spends so much time trying to gross you out and disturb you that it totally forgets about telling a good story. There’s not much of a plot here. There’s not even much of a linear, sensible backbone of a story. It’s somewhat experimental, and that’s cool, but the viewer never feels like they’re allowed to be a part of the experiment.
I was curious about Organ after reading about it briefly in a book about director Shinya Tsukamoto. Organ is written/directed/shot/and stars Kei Fujiwara, who'd worked with Tsukamoto in the past on Tetsuo: The Iron Man (brilliant film). Fujiwara is impressive because of her unflinching style and her do-it-all-by-myself skillset, but she has a long way to go as a storyteller.
Organ’s a nasty mess of a movie.
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