• 2001
  • Japan
  • 1h 55min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Miike Takashi
  • Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina

'Where have all the good girls gone?' asks the chauvinistic Yoshikawa of his widowed, middle-aged business partner Aoyama (Ishibashi). The latter thinks he's found one, when he sets up a series of auditions to select a new wife: former ballerina Asami (Shiina), who's young, beautiful, and submissive. But where have the scars on her legs come from, and what is the nature of her interest in pain? After a deliberately measured build-up, Takashi assaults the viewer's senses with a truly nightmarish finale, which threatens to overwhelm the film's critique of male Japanese attitudes to women.

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