An assailant (Visitor Q) cracks Kiyoshi on the head with a rock. The victim is the patriarch of a depraved family and this act of violence mysteriously enables the stranger to enter their unhappy home.
Dysfunctional does not even begin to describe this family unit which consists of a prostitute daughter who turns incestuous tricks, a son who viciously beats a junky mother and the father who videotapes all the unsavoury behaviour in hopes of revitalising his television production career with a reality program he’d like to call True Bullying. Their visitor tightens the family bonds through truly unusual methods as he videotapes a murder and guides Keiko to excessively lactating an apparently healing breast milk.
Takashi Miike’s (Ichi The Killer) familial portrait captures a disturbed household that reaches surreal levels of depravity. The unsettling film is laced with dark humour and haunting, shocking imagery. The film builds to a final image that can be seen as both transcendent and immoral.